Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering has expressed gratitude to the Indian Prime Minister for Narendra Modi for giving additional 400,000 doses of Covishield to his country.
Tshering, in a tweet, prayed that these gestures from India during the pandemic turn into boundless blessings for the people of India.
“Pleased to receive additional 400,000 doses of Covishield, making possible the nationwide rollout of our vaccination programme. People of Bhutan and I remain grateful@narendramodi,” he said in a tweet.
According to a statement by the Indian Embassy in Bhutan, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj recalled Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s virtual address to the UN General Assembly in September 2020 where he had declared that in keeping with the ancient Indian ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used to help humanity in fighting the COVID-19 crisis. She reiterated Prime Minister Modi’s words that “India will be a force for good in the neighbourhood. It is committed to improving the well-being of the region.”
Earlier, Bhutan was the first country among neighbours and partners to receive the ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 vaccine from India on 20 January 2021. On that occasion, the Prime Minister of Bhutan had said, “It is the display of altruism at best, and an exhibit of India’s sincerity in the relationship we cherish. It is of unimaginable value when precious commodities are shared even before meeting your own needs, as opposed to giving out only after you have enough.”
The provision of a total number of 550,000 ‘Made in India’ COVID-19 vaccine by India will enable Bhutan to launch its nationwide vaccination drive from 27 March onwards. The entire eligible population of Bhutan will, thus, be inoculated with the first dose of the ‘Made in India’ COVID vaccine. Thus, Bhutan is likely to be one of the first countries to protect its entire population against COVID-19, with assistance from India.