Govt prepares to issue ordinance for Covid-19 vaccine import

File: Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal

Kathmandu, November 13

No one is certain how long it takes for the world to have a vaccine against the coronavirus infection.

However, the government of Nepal, already criticised for its weak Covid-19 response, has kept a draft of the law ready to enact so as to clear decks for the import of vaccines in Nepal, informs Health and Population Minister Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal.

Because the federal parliament meeting has been prorogued now, the law will be enacted as an ordinance, according to him.

Speaking at a function in Biratnagar on Thursday, the minister said the government was soon adding 3,500 beds with multiple facilities to hospitals across the country. Of them, 2,500 beds would be placed within the Kathmandu valley.

He also informed that the government had already allocated budget for the construction of a five-bed hospital in each of 649 local units which do not have any hospital till today.

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