PM’s Covid-19 vaccine promise is now deferred by 1.5 months

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during a CPN-UML parliamentary party, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Photo: PM’s Press Advisor

Kathmandu, June 24

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday said the government would provide Covid-19 vaccines to all citizens by the end of 2021.

A few days after dissolving the House of Representatives and announcing fresh elections of mid-November, last month, Oli had said the government would provide the vaccines before the polls. The elections, however, are uncertain with all other big political forces demanding the House reinstatement. Many others fear the pandemic effects will delay voting.

But, as time moved one month ahead, Oli also deferred his promise by 1.5 months.

Addressing a general convention of the Nepal Children’s Organisation virtually on Thursday, Oli claimed the shortage of vaccines was getting solved across the world gradually, adding the government was effortful in bringing the vaccines for all the citizens.

He also said the government was committed to protecting and promoting child rights and blamed the leadership before him for problems seen in the sector.

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