In a bid to extend the country's diplomatic stand, India will send COVID-19 vaccines to her neighbors including Bhutan and Bangladesh free of cost. According to sources, Nepal too stands on the list both as a diplomatic outreach and also as a goodwill gesture.

According to sources, the entire cost for this outlay is calculated to be around USD 6mn (Rs. 43.89 crore).

Bhutanese Prime Minister, Lotay Tshering upheld the ties between both the countries and also informed the GoI that they plan to vaccinate the entire population at one go.

Bangladesh shall be receiving around 20 lakh doses of Covishield from Serum Institute of India which was in addition to a previous agreement.

Nepal on the other hand, has approved the substantial use of the vaccine and is likely to receive it from India though no official statement has been made yet by the government.