After India Gifts 5 Lakh Covishield Doses To Sri Lanka, China Announces Plan To Donate 3 Lakh Vaccine JabsPrime Minister Narendra Modi with China’s President Xi Jinping (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

In a bid to compete with India in supplying COVID-19 vaccines to nations across the world, China is now set to donate three lakh doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka, reports Hindustan Times.

The Chinese vaccines are expected to land in Sri Lanka towards mid-February.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua also cited a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, which states that China made the decision to donate its vaccines to Sri Lanka after a recent request by the island nation's government.

Meanwhile, it should be noted that the announcement by China came on the very day when Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed gratitude to India for its generosity, as the nation received a gift of five lakh doses of the Covishield vaccines under India's "Neighbourhood First" policy.

Other than Sri Lanka, several other nations in the subcontinent have opted for the Indian vaccine supplies over the Chinese ones. These nations include Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Seychelles and Mauritius.

India is, meanwhile, also undertaking the commercial supply of vaccines to several other nations like Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco and others.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement