On December 24, India delivered a consignment of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits for 20,000 tests to Bhutan. The delivery took place at Phuentsholing. According to a press release by Embassy of India, Thimpu, Bhutan, the delivery of these kits was in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance that India would standby its close friend and neighbour, Bhutan, in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press release by the Indian Embassy in Bhutan, “This is the 9th consignment of medical supplies handed over by the Government of India to the Royal Government of Bhutan since March 2020.The delivery of these RT-PCR test kits will assist Bhutan’s Ministry of Health in carrying out essential testing, given the recent enforcement of a nationwide lockdown in the country. With the outbreak of COVID-19, India acted quickly in responding to and addressing the challenges in the region. As a close friend and neighbour, India has accorded utmost priority to the requirements of Bhutan. Since March 2020, the Government of India has delivered nine consignments of essential medicines (including Paracetamol, Cetrizine, Hydroxychloroquine) and medical equipment (including PPE kits, N95 masks, RT-PCR test kits, x-ray machine) to Bhutan. India is also collaborating with Bhutan for conducting Phase-III clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj stated: “India stands alongside Bhutan. Together, we will fight theCOVID-19 pandemic, through a sustainable recovery.”