One million doses of Indian Covishield vaccines arriving in Nepal tomorrow

Kathmandu, Nepal:

India is all set to send as many as one million doses of corona vaccine to Nepal as a grant.

At a press conference held at the Ministry of Health and Population on Wednesday, Minister Hridayesh Tripathi informed that the vaccines being provided by India will reach Kathmandu on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Tripathi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra held a joint press conference to provide information about the vaccines being provided by India.

India is providing Nepal with Covishield, developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) in collaboration with Oxford University and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The ‘AZD1222’ vaccine was produced by India’s SII under the name Covishield.

According to Secretary at the Ministry of Health Laxman Aryal, the first phase of vaccination against COVID-19 will be administered to frontline health workers and security personnel.

“We have completed all necessary preparations to vaccinate the frontline groups,” Aryal said.

The Department of Drug Administration (DDA) had granted conditional permission to Covishield for emergency use in Nepal last Friday.

The vaccine, which is being imported from India, can be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degree Celsius for at least six months.