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300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive from Bhutan



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By Mahima Devkota, Kathmandu, Aug 6: 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine provided by Bhutan under grant have arrived in Nepal today.

According to Dr Dipendra Raman Singh, Director General of the Department of Health Services, the AstraZeneca vaccines provided by Bhutan in the form of aid to Nepal have arrived in Nepal today.

He further said that elderlies will be inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, on a priority basis and the emphasis will be given to those that had received the first dose of the Covshield vaccine and are yet to receive their second dose.

Covishield and AstraZeneca vaccines are made by the same formula, so those who have received the first dose of Covishield can get their booster of AstraZeneca vaccine as well. Around 1.3 million elderlies who had received the first dose of the Covishield vaccine three months ago are yet to receive their second dose.

Bhutan had received more than nine lakhs vaccines against COVID-19 via COVAX facility and grants. Bhutan has provided the remaining AstraZeneca vaccines to Nepal as aid after inoculating its citizens.