Nepal to receive 3 Lakh dose Oxford-Astragene vaccine; Formal announcement yet to be made

Oxford-Astragene vaccine

KATHMANDU: Bhutan has said that it is talking about giving 300,000 doses of Oxford-Astragene vaccine to Nepal against the Covid-19.

A Foreign Ministry source said that Bhutan was talking about giving the remaining vaccine to Nepal by vaccinating its target group.

A foreign source said, “Bhutan is talking about providing the remaining vaccines after vaccinating the target groups in its country, including the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.” But it has not been formalized. ‘

As Bhutan is also not a vaccine producer, it may be possible to provide a vaccine grant or later fill the gaps, according to foreign sources. Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel said that he had heard about it informally though he did not have any official information about it.

“I have no formal information,” he said. But I have heard that Bhutan is talking about giving 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca. ‘

Senior citizens who received the first dose of the vaccine last fall have not yet received the second dose. As the infection spread in India, India failed to provide the promised vaccine.

Senior citizens have not been able to get the second dose even after five months of the first dose given by India. If Bhutan gives 300,000 doses of vaccine, the second batch of senior citizens will have to be given first priority.