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Nepal Ambassador Nilamber Acharya
Nepal Ambassador Nilamber Acharya

Confident to get more COVID-19 vaccine doses from India, says Nepal envoy

By Gaurav Arora | Updated: Feb 02, 2021 21:02 IST

New Delhi [India], February 2 (ANI): Nepal is very grateful to the Indian government for gifting 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the country's envoy Nilamber Acharya said on Tuesday, adding that the Himalayan nation is "confident" of getting more doses of the vaccine.
Speaking to ANI, Acharya said India is a good neighbour and friend.
"We are grateful to the Indian Government for gifting 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. We are confident that we will get more vaccines, that we have ordered. We thank the Indian government and people, they are a good neighbour and friend," the ambassador said.
Nepal with a population of nearly 30 million has turned out to India for help to procure vaccines as it plans to inoculate nearly 75 per cent of its population.
The Government of Nepal, on January 15, approved the use of Covishield developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) for emergency use.
Last week, Nepal began its nationwide inoculation drive after receiving one million Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the SII from the Indian government.
Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli expressed his gratitude towards India for providing one million dosages of Covishield vaccine within a week of its rollout in India.
The vaccination drive in Nepal that started across 62 hospitals and 120 vaccine centres across the country is expected to continue for 10 days. Frontline workers who took the jab have encouraged others falling under the criteria set by the government to come forward and take part in the drive.
In the first phase of its inoculation drive, the Nepal government has planned to vaccinate a total of 450,000 frontline workers of various fields with two doses of Covishield vaccine to each.
When asked about reports of increased infrastructure projects by China in Nepal, the ambassador said: "India and Nepal have close cultural, historical and social connections. We share many values and we are inheritors of a common civilization. We should think about maintaining it and not about other areas". (ANI)