Nepal had received one million Coronavirus vaccine ‘Covishield’, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) from India. On Sunday the doses arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu which will be stored at the cold storage unit in Teku, officials said. Supposedly, Nepal had begun the second phase of vaccination from February 9.
Officials stated that the vaccine consignment was provided under the grant assistance that will be administered to as many as 300,000 frontline journalists, diplomats, and government employees in the second phase, which was confirmed by Nepal’s Coordinator of the COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory Committee, Dr. Shyamraj Uprety. Nepal earlier received nearly 1 million doses of vaccine earlier in January as a gift to help repair strained ties between the two neighbors.
Being the world’s largest vaccine producer, India began exporting covid vaccine to its neighboring countries in an attempt to strike a balance between helping developing countries without the capacity to produce their own vaccine and maintaining enough doses to inoculate its own people keeping in mind it moto for the future, that is to make India self-reliant.