Nepal halts Covid-19 vaccination as Indian company delays supply

An Air India aeroplane delivers one million doses of Covishield vaccines, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, February 21, 2021. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Kathmandu, March 18

The government has halted the Covid-19 vaccination campaign as the Indian company, Serum Institute, from where the government is purchasing two million doses of the Covishield vaccines, delayed the supplies.

The campaign has faced the halt as the second lot of one million doses of vaccines did not arrive yet, according to Dr Jhalak Sharma, the chief of the Vaccination Section under the Department of Health Services.

Earlier two weeks ago, owing to the same reason, the government had revised its priority list at the eleventh hour to vaccinate people above the age of 65 years only.

Although the government had announced to vaccinate teachers and public bus workers along with the people aged 55 and above also in this phase, they will have to wait until the people aged 65 and more get their turns first.

As of Wednesday, 1.673 million people have been vaccinated in the country, according to Sharma.

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