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Vaccine diplomacy: Indian supplies reach Bangladesh and Nepal

New Delhi's aid shipments come amid China's own COVID outreach to the region

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the launch of the pan-India COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conference in New Delhi on Jan. 16. (Photo courtesy of Government of India)

NEW DELHI -- India on Thursday dispatched coronavirus vaccines to Bangladesh and Nepal, a day after launching supplies to "neighboring and key partner" nations to help them fight the pandemic when China too is pushing its COVID-19 response outreach in the region.

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar confirmed on Twitter that consignments of made-in-India vaccines have reached both Dhaka and Kathmandu. "Putting neighbors first, putting people first!" he added.

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