Nepal requests more doses of Covid vaccines from Gavi

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Kathmandu, January 12

The government has sought additional 1.5 million doses of the Covid vaccines to administer booster doses in view of increasing infection in neighbouring countries.

The Ministry of Health and Population today wrote to the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (Gavi) for additional dispatch of vaccines. Sagar Dahal, the chief of the Child Health and Immunisation Section, Child Welfare Division, the Department of Health Services, confirmed the writing of a letter to the vaccine alliance for additional doses of vaccines.

Earlier on December 29, the government demanded 1.5 million of booster dose vaccines from the alliance, which has already promised the supplies by coming February 2.

“We hope Gavi will respond to us soon this time also.”

Nepal is receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent booster from Gavi under the Covax facility.

Meanwhile, the ministry has also urged all people to take booster doses in the wake of the fast spreading of the new variant of coronavirus, BF.7, in neighbouring India and China.

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