Officials at the President’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have confirmed that they have not received any response to President’s letter from any heads of states. However, they have been verbal communication with some states and the process is on-going according to an advisor of the president. The unresponsiveness of the states has appeared to be diplomatic failure.
The cabinet has decided to purchase four million doses of vaccine from china. However, the details as to the rate and arrival of the vaccines are not confirmed. The vaccine will be procured under a non-disclosure agreement as per the government officials. However, the procurement laws of Nepal prohibit non-disclosure agreement.
Indian Army handed over 288 million NRS worth medical equipment to Nepali Army as a part of Neighborhood First Policy on June 11. The Medical equipment includes ventilators, ICU beds, ambulance, PPE kits, PCR kit etc. The Indian envoy reasserted India’s cooperation to Nepal Army in the fight against COVID-19 catastrophe.
Nepali Foreign Minister held a meeting with Indian envoy on June 9. In the meeting, they discussed procurement of vaccine amongst other things as per the Foreign Ministry.