Until now, the corona vaccine was brought by the government. Now the private sector can also bring vaccines from international companies. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel said that the private sector has already been given approval for this.
The health ministry said in a statement on Friday that it had approved the government’s priority group. The statement said, “We would like to inform that the private sector interested in importing vaccines has been approved by the World Health Organization and the Department of Drug Management of Nepal to apply any contingency vaccine to the priority group specified by the government with a maximum of 10 percent profit on production cost and import cost.”
Earlier, import of Covi-shield from India was halted as the government did not give profit to the private sector. As a result, the citizens who took the first dose last February have not been able to take the second dose yet.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health has stated that vaccination will be provided to all the citizens by next April. An agreement has been reached with Sinofarm Company from China to purchase 6 million doses of vaccine.
Similarly, it is estimated that 1,83,82,850 doses will be received by mid-October after receiving 1.6 million doses from Japan and the remaining 1 million doses purchased from India through the Covax facility.