Nepal is unlikely to receive Covid-19 vaccines from India before 2022


Nepal is unlikely to receive Covid-19 vaccinations from India before the end of the year.

Nepal paid the Serum Institute of India Rs 930 million in February this year to purchase two million doses of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccinations. The company provided half of the materials right away, but the other half is still on the way.

Although the government has undertaken attempts to locate other vaccination sources, no significant progress has been made thus far. Health officials, on the other hand, say they favor the same company’s vaccines since they are less expensive than others.

However, the business confirmed on Tuesday that it would not be allowed to export vaccinations to other countries or the World Health Organization’s Covax program before the end of the year.

“We continue to scale up manufacturing and prioritize India,” the company said in a statement. “We also hope to start delivering to countries by the end of this year.”

However, Dr. Bhim Singh Tinkari, the chief of the Department of Health Services Management Division, said that efforts are on to obtain the vaccines from India. “We have been informed that negotiations are taking on through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the (Nepali) Embassy in New Delhi.”