India provides one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal

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Nepal is set to receive a grant of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from India.

Organizing a joint press meeting of Ministry of Health and Population and Embassy of India in Nepal, Health Minister Tripathi informed that the Indian government has provided 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.

The  vaccines will be administered to frontline health workers, employees and security personnel in the first phase.

According to the Minister, the consignment of the vaccine will reach Kathmandu on Thursday. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra informed that Nepal is among a few countries to get the vaccines produced by Serum Institute of India.

India is supplying coronavirus vaccines to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Seychelles, and Myanmar from January 20.

Nepal had granted emergency use of Covishield, the vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and University of Oxford.

Covishield is the preferred vaccine for Nepal in terms of storage and infrastructure. The government of Nepal is planning to inoculate 20 percent of its population in the first phase.

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