January 21: India is all set to deliver 1 million viles of Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal in the first phase on Thursday (January 21).
Organising a joint press meet in the capital on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Indian Embassy informed that the vaccines will be arriving on Thursday as part of India’s grant assistance.
India’s External Affairs Ministry had issued a notice on Monday stating that it would provide vaccines to neighbouring countries within this week.
Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra confirmed that India will be providing 1 million viles of vaccine to Nepal as grant assistance.
Speaking at a press conference, Minister Tripathi informed that legal, administrative and financial issues have been resolved to begin vaccination drive in the country soon. The minister also said that all preparations including the storage of vaccine has been made for effective use of the vaccines.
“This is a friendly gesture from India,” said Minister Tripathi during the press conference.
The government has estimated that 72 percent of the total population of Nepal will require vaccines, added Minister Tripathi.
Minister Tripathi further said that health workers, sanitation workers, security personnel, ambulance drivers will be the first to receive the vaccine.