In the midst of China’s increasing dominance in South Asia, India has made such a move that all the moves of the dragon are now becoming colorless. For the past few years, the way in which China has been making inroads in countries of South Asia such as India’s neighbors, India’s vaccine diplomacy has destroyed it in one stroke. In the next few weeks, India will give millions of doses of Corona vaccine to South Asian countries. Playing a neighboring responsibility, India has not only won praise from these countries by giving free vaccines to many countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius, but has pushed China back in this area.
Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has begun delivery of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to neighboring countries. To support its friends, India has provided vaccines to several neighboring countries including Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and some will be delivered soon. Today, on Friday, India sent a consignment of vaccines to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius, after sending the corona vaccine Covishield to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal.
India has taken this step only to make friendship with these countries better. PM Modi had promised his neighbors long ago that as soon as the vaccine comes to India, it will help the neighbors as well. For some time the Communist Party Government of Nepal has been dancing at the behest of China, but in times of crisis, not China but India have supported it. India has given one million corona doses free to Nepal, with this help, the neighboring country Nepal is giddy and PM KP Oli facing political crisis has praised India a lot.
Nepali PM KP Oli on Twitter said on Thursday that at a critical time when India has started vaccination for its people, I thank PM Narendra Modi, the government and the people of India for the generous grant of 10 lakh vaccines to Nepal. It will give Nepal’s appreciation for the stance of a friendly neighbor. At the same time, Nepal’s Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi said that the Government of India has shown great heart by providing vaccine. It is to be noted here that all this is happening at a time when China is interfering with political and economic purpose within Nepal and Nepal’s relations with India have deteriorated over the border dispute.
China gave Nepal a hollow assurance that the dragon would help Nepal with the epidemic vaccine, but the Chinese vaccine Shinofarm has not yet been approved by the Nepalese government. Nepal’s Drug Administration Department said that before approving the use of the Chinese vaccine, we have asked them to collect more information and some documents related to this vaccine.
Here, Bangladesh was to receive 110,000 doses of the Corona vaccine for free from Chinese company Synovac Biotech, but Bangladesh refused to provide the development cost of the vaccine. After this, Bangladesh also had to turn to India instead of China. The result of Bangladesh’s coming close to India happened so, that it got 20 million doses of Corona vaccine for free from India.
A Bangladesh health official said that India is producing AstraZeneca vaccine, which can be stored at normal refrigerated temperature and easily transported from one place to another. It is necessary to state here that the consequences of being dependent on China are now being realised by the neighboring countries. The same China that Pakistan trusted whom, has given only five lakh vaccine doses to Pakistan. Whereas India did not give below one million vaccines to its neighbors.
News agency Reuters quoted diplomats as saying that over the years India has struggled to come abreast of Chinese investment in countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives, where clever China as part of its Belt and Road Initiative is constructing ports, roads and power stations in these countries. But the demand for vaccines in these countries to revive desperately their tourism-dependent economies gave the Modi government a way to enter in these countries.
According to a government source, India is considering giving 12 million to 20 million doses to its neighbors in the next three-four weeks as a support. Not only this, India is also providing training to health workers in some of these countries for vaccination and started contributing in infrastructure development.