Covid19- Nepal worried about the future supply of vaccines
Nepal has had a successful start of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, but authorities are worried about future supplies as the country competes with dozens of other nations for much-sought vaccines produced by a handful of manufacturers. T
The government is negotiating with India’s Serum Institute to obtain 5 million doses for the second stage of the campaign, in which 3.7 million elderly people are to be inoculated starting this weekend, Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi said in an interview.
Nepal is also receiving a gift of 500,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine this month. Tripathi, however, said Nepal has not decided whether to purchase more of it. Russia has also offered to provide 25 million doses of its Sputnik vaccine, but Nepal has asked for additional documents before it can start reviewing it.
Nepal has also been promised 2.25 million vaccine doses under COVAX, the ambitious WHO programme to buy and deliver coronavirus vaccines for the world’s poorest people, of which 300,000 doses are likely to arrive later this month.
Health officials are worried that there could be a new wave of infections because of a series of political rallies by tens of thousand of demonstrators over Parliament”s dissolution by President Khadga Prasad Oli last December and its restatement by the Supreme Court last month.