Kathmandu, June 6
The Danish government has offered providing some Covid-19 vaccines in a grant assistance to Nepal.
Dr Bhim Singh Tinkari, the chief of the Management Division under the Department of Health Services, says Nepal has responded to the offer positively, saying it immediately needs 1.4 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19.
Denmark is yet to confirm the number of doses it can provide, he maintains.*
The vaccines are coming via the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef, informs Tinkari.
Over 1.4 million people aged above 65 years are waiting for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine currently as Nepal had brought the same vaccine, brand-named Covishield, from India in grant and purchase. It is likely that the government will distribute the Danish donations among them, once received.
*This post has been updated with the latest information available. Tinkari has clarified that Denmark is yet to confirm the number of the vaccines. Any confusion created by the previous post is regretted.