Kathmandu: The Nepal government is all set to administer the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine from Wednesday as the new Covid cases are surging in the country, according to the official reports from their Ministry of Health and Population. The second phase of vaccination will begin on Wednesday, April 7.
"The Chinese vaccine will be administered to people starting from Wednesday," Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the Health Ministry, told in a press conference as reported by IANS.
"Those involved in essential services, students studying in China under the Chinese government scholarship but are currently stuck in Nepal due to pandemic, Nepali students preparing to leave for China for the higher study and people involved in cross-border trade between Nepal and China will be inoculated with the Chinese vaccine." Said Gautam.
The people involved in essential services include the people who are working in postal and telephone services, water supply and distribution, hotels and restaurant, public transportation services, electricity supply, storage and transportation of consumer goods, sales and distribution of medicines. The health workers who had missed out on the first phase of the vaccination drive can also get vaccinated this time.
The vaccines are administered from designated hospitals in Kathmandu Valley.
Nepal reported 176 new Covid cases on Monday. So far, the country has inoculated over 1.7 million people in two phases, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.