News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (May 13-19)

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EU provides Euro 2 million assistance to Nepal

The European Union in its statement announced that it will provide Euro 2 million to Nepal to combat COVID catastrophe on May 13. The assistance was provided after Nepal sought for international support. The assistance will used in providing telemedicine services; prompt hospital referral, deployment of national and international emergency medical teams’ mobilisation facilitation. Further, it will also be used to procure oxygen cylinders and concentrators amongst other COVID-19 equipment.

Lack of Diplomatic efforts to tackle COVID-19

The foreign relation analysts have claimed that Nepal’s diplomatic effort in tackling COVID crisis is inadequate. The diplomats to India, China and the US have not been active in seeking cooperation from the respective nations. Moreover, other diplomatic channels also have not been utilised to its full potential. Analysts say that India has received substantial international support and now Nepali envoys all across the globe should prioritise to get emergency support for Nepal.

Nepal imported 600 oxygen cylinders from Oman

600 oxygen cylinders were brought to Nepal from Oman on May 15 in association with Non-Resident Nepali Association and Nepali Embassy in Oman.

Indian envoy virtually inaugurated quarantine centre for doctors

Indian envoy virtually inaugurated quarantine centre for doctors on May 17. The quarantine centre was jointly set up by Nepal Doctor’s Association, Agarwal Sewa Kendra, Hindu Sewak Sangh and Sewa International for the personal safety of doctors who have been engaged in treating COVID-19 infected patients.

Health workers of Balkumari Health Post at Madhyapur Thimi-4 administering the second vaccine to those who have been vaccinated against the virus for the first time. It is stated that the vaccine will be given till May 25. Photo: RSS

Nepal to import 2 million Vero Cell vaccines from China

Ministry of Health together with Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a letter to Chinese agency to procure 2 million doses of vaccine against COVID-19. The Nepali Embassy in China is also coordinating with China for the procurement in the interim. There has been no disclosure regarding the price of the vaccine per dose yet.

US senate expressed concerns over Nepal’s surging COVID-19 cases

After persistent lobbying of Nepali residing in the US regarding deepening COVID-19 crisis in Nepal, the US senate showed concern in this regard. They also shed light on requirement of vaccine and other assistance in Nepal. Further, they have agreed to provide vaccines to Nepal.

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