KATHMANDU, APRIL 7
The inoculation drive with China-made and donated Covid-19 vaccine 'Vero Cell' has started from today.
The government has decided to vaccinate those involved in the operation of emergency services, traders working across the Sino-Nepal border, and Nepali students studying in China or are preparing to pursue education with Chinese scholarship with the China-made vaccine.
The vaccine will also be used for frontline health workers, and staffers of hotels, trekking agencies, advertisement sector and internet providers. Likewise, professors, sellers of medicines, fruits and vegetables, are among others who have been targeted for the inoculation campaign through this vaccine.
For this, the government has designated 14 hospitals and health centres as vaccination booths.
Bir Hospital, Paropakar Maternity and Women's Hospital, Sukraraj Tropical & Infectious Disease Hospital, Civil Service Hospital, National Ayurveda Research and Training Centre, Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu Medical College, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Shahid Gangalal National Heart Centre, Birendra Hospital, Nepal APF Hospital, Nepal Police Hospital, Om Hospital & Research Centre, and Chhetrapati Free Clinic (Hospital) have been listed as the vaccination centres.
Earlier, 800,000 doses of Vero Cell had arrived in Kathmandu on March 29 in a widebody airplane of the national flag carrier, which had gone to Beijing to ferry the vaccines back home.
The vaccine, which is manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd (BIBP), China, under Sinopharm, was approved for emergency use against Covid-19 in Nepal on February 17.