Nepal Seek India procure Vaccine

Nepal has sought India’s help to procure COVID-19 vaccines for around 20 per cent of its population, as the Himalayan nation ramps up its efforts to contain the deadly virus that has killed more than 1,800 people and infected over 260,000 others, a media report said on Wednesday.    The Nepal government has written to the Indian government, requesting for procurement of COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate around 20 per cent of the Nepali population, the Kathmandu Post reported.  Nepal will pay for the vaccines it sources through India, the paper added.  At least two vaccine candidates including Oxford’s AstraZeneca and domestically developed candidate Bharat Biotech’s vaccine are in the final stages of a third phase trial in India.  “To get the vaccines at the earliest, the government has requested the Indian government to buy vaccines for 20 per cent Nepalis, the paper said, quoting a Health Ministry official.  Nepal is also pursuing vaccines made in other countries.  “Around 15 vaccine candidates of different countries and companies are in third phase trials. The government has written letters to most of the countries for help and to the individual companies to procure the vaccines, said Dr Shyam Raj Upreti, coordinator of Nepal’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee.  Last month, the government sent diplomatic notes to India, China, Russia, the UK and the US, countries whose vaccines against the coronavirus have either completed the third phase trials or are near their completion, for early availability in Nepal, the report said

By Naresh Sagar

Mentor MSME, Motivator, Media Event Org, Management fiscal & Water management.Social Media branding,Internet broadcasters,Propunder of Indian Philosophy

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