Nigel Adams, the British Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, has stated that the British government is leading the way in ensuring equal access to vaccines for countries such as Nepal.
Minister Adams announced that Covid-19 vaccines will be given to Nepal in a few weeks through the COVAX facility during an adjournment debate on ‘Covid-19 vaccines and Nepal’ in the House of Commons.
“Despite supply constraints, COVAX has begun to make substantial headway in providing vaccinations around the world, with nearly 348,000 doses delivered to Nepal already, and another tranche on the way in the coming weeks,” he said.
Minister Adams said the British government has reprioritized nearly £40 million in international funding to help Nepal respond to the epidemic, stating that the UK remains committed to aiding Nepal’s development and recovery from Covid-19.
“We supplied scores of life-saving equipment to assist Nepal in responding to the country’s second wave, and we played a key part in the establishment of COVAX and securing vaccine availability for Nepal—and not just Nepal, but other poor countries,” he continued.
Virendra Sharma, a politician and the Chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nepal, spoke at the start of the debate about the Covid-19 problem in Nepal, emphasizing that the unavailability of the second dose has put 1.4 million senior individuals at great danger of the pandemic.
“The lack of a second dose puts 1.4 million Nepalis at danger of contracting Covid-19 for the second time, potentially invalidating their first dose. Partial immunization also raises the possibility of mutations arising, which is a concern that affects everyone in the world, not just Nepal,” Sharma said.