Citizens in the age group of 60 to 64 years will be vaccinated against the Covid-19 vaccine provided by China. The Ministry of Health has decided on Tuesday to start the vaccination from Jestha 25.
Out of the 1 million doses of vaccine that China has promised to give to Nepal for the second time, 900,800 doses have arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 800,000 of the vaccines were brought by Nepal Airlines from Beijing. The government of Tibet, an autonomous region of China, said that out of 200,000 vaccines, 50,400 doses were received on Tuesday morning and 50,400 in the evening.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, the remaining 99,200 doses will arrive in Kathmandu on Wednesday. In a telephone conversation with President Vidyadevi Bhandari last Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced additional vaccination assistance. Earlier, 800,000 doses provided by China as a grant have been applied to the age group of 18 to 59 years.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the vaccine can be used at any age over 18 years of age, but we are giving the vaccine to the age group of 60 to 64 years, ‘said Dr. Taranath Pokharel said. The ministry estimates that there are about 850,000 people in the age group of 60 to 64 across the country. A ministry source said the vaccine would cover about 80 percent of the age group. In 14 mountainous districts, people over the age of 55 have already been vaccinated against covshield.
Dr. According to Pokhrel, about 290,000 people have been vaccinated with one dose of Verosel, but only 97 percent have received the second dose. “About three to four thousand of those who have taken the first dose have failed to take the second dose,” he said. The number of people who have taken both Covishield and Verocell has reached 714,163, while 2,113,080 people have taken the first dose.
The largest amount of grants has been received from China. The Verocell received as a grant is enough to cover about 3 percent of the population. Pokharel said. Earlier, under the grant, Covishield had received Rs 1 million from India and Rs 1.1 million from the Indian Army to the Nepal Army. A total of 348,000 covishields have also been provided through the Covax facility.
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