KATHMANDU: The government has sent letters to various COVID vaccine producers in order to obtain the vaccines.
Minister Hridesh Tripathi stated today at a virtual press conference organized by the Ministry that the government intends to purchase five million doses of vaccines.
He went on to say that some countries had responded to the letters, while others were expected to do so soon.
The Minister also stated that steps have been taken to purchase the vaccines through various channels.
He also stated that the purchasing bid was postponed due to a vaccine stock shortage in the international market.
According to the Ministry, over 2.6 million people in the country have received COVID vaccines so far.
Minister Tripathi also predicted that the virus infection rate would fall in the coming weeks, as the infection rate is gradually declining.
He went on to say that 157 hospitals across the country have been designated as COVID-19 dedicated hospitals. Minister Tripathi also stated that the government is now effectively managing the oxygen shortage.