News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (June 3-9)

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Nepal received emergency medical assistance from Australia

Nepal Army received 1.8 million worth AUD supplies from Australian Government on June 5. The supplies were requested by the Nepal Army which included face shields, gloves and surgical masks. Australian embassy released a press release on the same day acknowledging the role of Nepali Army in providing frontline health services to the community amid the pandemic.

PM seeks vaccines from UK

Prime Minister of Nepal has requested the Prime Minister of UK to provide vaccines to Nepal. UK earlier had sent 260 ventilators and 2000 PPE kits to Nepal. However, unless people are vaccinated it will be difficult to curb COVID-19.  Nepal’s PM has stated that he is making a direct plea to the UK as, Nepal’s “oldest friend”

US to provide vaccines to Nepal

The US has announced to provide 7 million doses of vaccines to Asian countries including Nepal on June 6. However, how many doses is Nepal to secure is not clear. This is a part of the pledge of providing 80 million doses of vaccine globally by the end of June, earlier made by the US.

South Asia to receive further COVID-19 assistance from China

China has made an announcement to further provide aid to Southeast Asian nations fighting against the COVID-19 catastrophe. The US and China both are trying to increase their influence in the South-Asian region. Chinese Foreign Minister stated that China would immediately put the China-ASEAN Public Health Cooperation Initiative into effect and also strengthen regional public health capacity-building.

Germany aids Nepal in talking COVID-19

Nepal received 112 ventilators, 2,068,500 K95 masks, 29,000 pulse oximeters, 34,030,000 surgical masks, 5 isolation center tents, 400 gum boots, 25,000 litres of hand sanitizers among other supplies on June 9. Nepal’s Health Minister extended gratitude of the Nepal Government and people to German envoy for such generosity as per the press release issued by German Embassy.

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