Nepal welcomes 1st lot of Covid-19 vaccines to distribute across nation in a week

Nepal welcomes the first lot of Covid-19 vaccines imported as Indian grant assistance, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, January 21

Nepal has welcomed the first lost of Covid-19 vaccines on Thursday. The one million doses of the medication will be distributed across the country within a week.

Nepal is importing the vaccines under the Indian government’s #VaccineMaitri scheme. Earlier on Wednesday, Nepal’s health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra had made jointly announced India’s grant assistance.

Meanwhile, the government of Nepal has already prepared a distribution plan.

According to it, the first lost will cover the three per cent population of the country. In the first phase, health workers, security personnel and other frontline workers will be given the protection. Dr Jhalak Gautam, the chief of the vaccination division in the Department of Health Services, says the India-donated vaccines will be sufficient for them.

In the second phase, senior citizens living with chronic diseases will be prioritised.

The ministry’s spokesperson Jageshwor Gautam says the vaccines will be sent to all provinces of the country within a week. The provincial authorities then distribute them to district public health offices, and they will further hand them over to local-level primary health centres and health posts.

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