One million doses of Covishield vaccine produced by Serum Institute of India, procured by the government of Nepal, will be arriving in the capital today.

The incoming vaccines, the first of the two batches of two million doses in total, will arrive via Air India's New Delhi-Kathmandu 1:30 pm flight.

The vaccines will be stored at the cold storage unit in Teku.

This lot of vaccines would be used to inoculate people above 60 years of age, which is 8.73 per cent of Nepal's population, in the vaccination drive that will begin on March 7. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 2,652,258 elderly people above 60 years in the country.

The remaining doses of the vaccines will be obtained according to the agreement with the vaccine producer SII and the timetable proposed by the Department of Health Service, the MoHP said.

MOHP Covishield JPG
MOHP Covishield JPG