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Covid-19 vaccine assurance ends fuel tanker drivers’ strike on day III

File: An NOC fuel tanker petrol
File: An NOC fuel tanker

Kathmandu, June 15

The strike launched by fuel tanker drivers in the Bagmati province demanding Covid-19 vaccines for them as soon as possible has ended.

The Nepal Petroleum Tanker Driver Union had begun the strike on Sunday claiming the government ignored their safety. But, the strike ended today as the Nepal Oil Corporation said the drivers would be provided with the vaccines at the APF Hospital in Balambu of Kathmandu from Wednesday, according to the union’s president Ishwar Lama.

While around 900 tanker drivers and their assistants would be vaccinated in Kathmandu, around 1,400 others transporting fuel from Amalekhgunj of Bara to the capital would be vaccinated there itself, according to him.

Earlier, the corporation had said it was making efforts to ensure vaccines for the drivers as soon as possible but could not achieve any success yet.

The union had said the strike would not end unless there was a guarantee of the vaccines.

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