China has offered to send the antidote. But Nepal cannot trust them. Instead, they are interested in purchasing a Covid vaccine made in India. Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is coming to Delhi this month to talk about it. In the midst of tension over the formation of the new government, Kathmandu informed about this.
Pradeep Gyawali will arrive in Delhi on January 14. The next day, he will attend the sixth Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting with Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. Right there he will discuss the issue with the Indian authorities.Nepal is keen to buy 12 million doses of Indian-made antidote.
Similarly, Nilambar Acharya, Nepal’s ambassador, has already held several meetings with anti-drug manufacturers and health officials. The Indian Government has recently approved the antidote of Bharat Biotech on emergency basis. Despite the controversy, Nilambar also had a meeting with the company’s executive director V Krishnamohan on Tuesday.
Over the years, China has invested billions in Nepal in the name of financial support and infrastructural investment. They offered to supply Nepal with their own corona antidote ‘Synovac’. But Nepal is relying on India for coronavirus vaccines.