China proposes joint mechanism to supply medical equipment in South Asia

A video conference hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on Tuesday, April 28, 2021. Photo: https://twitter.com/MofaNepal

Kathmandu, April 28

China has proposed establishing a joint mechanism with the involvement of various countries in South Asia including Nepal and China itself to ease the supply of medical equipment for the Covid-19 response.

As the numbers of active Covid-19 cases surged in the entire region, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi virtually met his counterparts in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan to discuss their Covid-19 responses and possible international cooperation in the battle.

During the video conference attended by Nepal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Tuesday afternoon, Wang said a joint mechanism should be established to ensure the timely supply of Covid-19 vaccines and other essential supplies in the participating countries.

Responding to the proposal, Bangladesh has suggested the storage facility could be built in Bangladesh.

The meeting yesterday has been considered significant as India, the most resourceful South Asian country, has been struggling hard to ensure the availability of medical essentials for its own citizens.

Meanwhile, China has announced to provide Nepal with medical equipment worth Rs 90 million.

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