Nepal is all set to receive the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine under COVAX facility, an international initiative coordinated by the World Health Organisation and partners.

Nepal is getting a total of 13,000,000 doses of AstraZeneca/ Oxford vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India under the COVAX facility. From among the total doses of the vaccine the country is getting 348,000 doses of vaccine tomorrow. "We will receive the first batch of the vaccine under the COVAX facility tomorrow," said Minister of Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi at an interaction in the capital today.

The vaccine received under the facility will be administered to people above 55 years of age. The government is launching its vaccination campaign in the community level from tomorrow by vaccinating people above the age of 65 years. After 10 days those aged between 55 and 64 will get the vaccine.

The government has aimed to inoculate 72 per cent of the total population in the vaccination campaign.

The country had launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 27 and has vaccinated 429,705 persons with the first dose of the vaccine, which is 1.4 per cent of the total population.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 07, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.