The Himalayan country is still reeling under the COVID-19 vaccine crunch.
The Nepali Government could vaccinate only 15% of the population even after almost seven months from the commencement of the nationwide vaccination campaign in January 2021.
During the House Meeting on Thursday, Minister of State for health and Population Umesh Shrestha informed that 2,888,360 citizens had received the first dose so far.
Offering some relief, the state minister said that Nepal would receive 10.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-October and 30.23 million by mid-February. He also added that the country has so far received 10.8 million doses.
“By February next year, Nepal will have received 50.23 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines,” said Minister Shrestha.
He also boasted that the Nepali Government has already begun processes to procure coronavirus vaccines for children.
In a good turn of events, the Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide a subsidized loan of NPR 19.58 billion to the Nepali Government to procure vaccines.
The loan will allow Nepal to procure as many as 15.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Finance Secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini and ADB country director Arnaud Cauchois signed an agreement to this effect on Wednesday.
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