Nepali Prime Minister KP Oli on Sunday (March 7) received the first dose of the COVID vaccine during the start of the second phase of the vaccine drive in the Himalayan nation.
Oli was vaccinated at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Kathmandu. The 69-year-old suffers from co-morbidities and underwent a kidney transplant in 2020. The nation started its vaccination drive on January 27 which aimed at covering Frontline Workers and Healthcare Workers after it received the first dose of COVID vaccine from India.
In the second phase, people above the age of 65 will be inoculated. Earlier, the government also wanted to include people above the age of 55 in the second phase but cancelled it due to lack of doses.
The country has received one million doses of Covishield vaccines developed by the Serum Institute of India under the Vaccine Maitri program of the Indian government and has purchased another two million from the nation.
After receiving the first dose the Prime Minister also encouraged every eligible citizen to take the vaccine without any fear to help the nation defeat COVID.