Nepal to buy 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Kathmandu, February 17

The government of Nepal has decided to purchase two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from India’s Serum Institute for USD 4 per dose. Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi informed, a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday evening made the decision.

On January 21, the Indian government had donated 1 million doses  of the Covid-19 vaccine under its VaccineMaitri programme. And the government of Nepal has been using the same vaccines till date.

According to the minister, the country will get it’s 2 million doses of Covishield by the first week of March. And this time the vaccine is used to vaccinate the senior citizen age above 55. As per the decision of the government, the vaccination starts from March 7.

It has been learned that the Indian company demanded full payments before supplying the vaccines, however the cabinet meeting held on Tuesday decided to release 80 percent of the amount initially.