Nepal has successfully vaccinated 757,962 people ever since it launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive. However, the completely vaccinated people are only 2.5 percent of the entire Nepali populace.
Nepal has launched the vaccination drive on January 27 after India sent one million vaccines to the Himalayan country. Among the vaccinated are frontline workers, which includes health professionals and sanitation workers.
The Nepal health ministry reported that only 2,604,866 are partially vaccinated as they received only their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination drive lost its steam when Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest COVID-19 manufacturer, reported that the company would not export any Covishield vaccines to any country before 2022.
This shortage made 1.4 million Nepali people wait for the second dose of the Covishield vaccine. Senior citizens aged over 65 are also among those people who are waiting for the booster jab.
Nepal is also sourcing vaccines from China’s Sinopharm. The vaccines are expected to arrive on Thursday as per the agreement signed between the Nepali government and the Chinese company.
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