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Nepal PM Appeals for More Vaccine as New Covid Surge Breaks Records

Nepal’s Prime Minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, appeals for Covid vaccines from foreign donors as a record-breaking number of new cases poses an imminent medical threat.

In a broadcasted address, Prime Minister Oli sought help from neighboring and other “friendly countries” stating, “I would like to request our neighbors, friendly countries and international organizations to help us with vaccines and critical care medicines …to support ongoing efforts to combat the pandemic.” 

Nepalese officials are already in contact with Chinese and Russian vaccine manufacturers to urgently secure vaccines, Prime Minister Oli added.

The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) of Nepal reported on Monday 7,388 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, marking a new highest daily surge of cases in the country. 

According to official data, Nepal currently has a total of 343,418 active cases and 3,362 deaths. 

Nepal needs at least 1.6 million additional AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer second shots to counter this surging cases. 

More than two million Nepalese were already vaccinated with AstraZeneca provided by India and China’s Sinopharm. However, the vaccination effort was suspended after failing to secure fresh re-supplies from the two countries.

India, despite being the largest vaccine producer in the world, is unable to meet demand as it faces a new wave of mutant Covid variant. China’s export vaccine supplies are also facing short supply as the demand for vaccines globally surges.

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