KATHMANDU – One million doses of Covid vaccines that Nepal purchased from India is arriving today.
While Nepal had received one million doses of Covid vaccines manufactured by Serum Institute of India as gifts from Indian government, the Government of Nepal had decided to purchase 2 million doses of Covishield from India.
Out of two million doses ordered by the Government of Nepal, the Serum Institute of India is delivering one million doses of Covid vaccines today.
The first batch of Covishield, the local name of Covid vaccines developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, will arrive via Air India’s flight at 1:30 pm.
According to Dr Samir Kumar Adhikari, deputy spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, the vaccines purchased from India will be stored at cold storage in Teku and will be distributed from March 7 through all vaccination centers across the country.
Earlier on January 27, Nepal had kicked off the nationwide inoculation campaign with frontline workers including doctors receiving the jab in the first phase. After administering vaccines to mostly frontline workers from the gift of one million doses from the Indian government, the government on February 16 had decided to purchase two million doses of the same vaccines from India.
The government is purchasing two million Covishield vaccines at the price of $4 per dose.
According to the Health Ministry, the Serum Institute of India has pledged to deliver the remaining 1 million doses of Covishield vaccines soon.