As the asteroid Omicron approaches, Nepal is beset by indecision and bureaucratic lethargy.


The Government of Nepal not appear to be fully prepared to deal with the challenges posed by the new variant of the COV-ID-19 pandemic known as Omicron, and in particular does not appear to be able to vaccinate all of its citizens as quickly as many other countries in Europe and the Americas.

An internal battle between the political leadership and the bureaucracy over the critical issue of stockpiling vaccines to deal with an emerging public health crisis has erupted within the health ministry, adding to the obvious lack of clarity on the vaccination policy.

The upshot is that Nepal is still wrestling with the tug of war between the two parties, even while the rest of the world moves forward with its vaccine and immunization programs faster than ever.

Despite the fact that the country requires more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to protect its estimated 31 million population, only 8,290,402 people have got both doses of the vaccine thus far. People who have got a single dosage of immunizations amount 9,543,408 in total.

to Samir Kumar Adhikari, Assistant Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, the government has set a target of vaccinating 23,232,477 persons over the age of 12 by the middle of April.

Adhikari stated that the administration had debated the issue of delivering doses to persons who had already received their vaccinations but had not made a decision.

The government has also emphasized the importance of vaccinating children under the age of 12; however, Adhikari stated that the government wants to see the results of the inoculation of children under the age of 12 in other nations before beginning its own inoculation program.

Nepal will require more than 69 million vaccines if it is to inoculate everyone of its population over the age of 12 and deliver doses to those who have already had their first vaccination.

This indicates that Nepal will have to prepare millions of doses, and they will have to do it in a short period of time, in order to deal with the new form of COVID-19.

Birodh Khatiwada, Minister of Health and Population, The Himalayan Times that the country had already imported approximately 25 million doses of the COV-ID-19 vaccine and that an additional 35 million doses of the vaccine were in the works. However, none of the companies, as well as the Covax facility, have committed to specific delivery dates.

He also stated that the government was attempting to buy vaccinations from a variety of companies, including the Serum Institute of India, in order to meet its requirements. In his statement, he stated that the government had already received two million doses of COVID vaccine from the Serum Institute of India and that it was in the midst of ordering another five million doses directly from the institute this week.

According to him, “we have signed the non-disclosure agreement with them for the purpose of getting additional vaccines.”

Adhikari, on the other hand, refuted the minister’s remark, claiming that no vaccination will be ordered directly from the Indian company. “There is no such move,” he stated emphatically.

On the omicron crisis, Khatiwada said the government had not yet explored the challenges posed by the new COVID-19 variant, which he described as “quite complex.” He stated that the topic would be reviewed in the near future the COVID-19 Crisis Management Coordination Center meeting as well as in the Cabinet.

A question was raised as to whether the government was fully prepared to deal with a new variant of the pandemic. Khatiwada responded that the government had stocks of COVID-19 vaccines and that it was in a position to supply the required number of COVID-19 vaccines to any city or province if that was what those cities or provinces requested.

A government order for 10 million doses of Moderna/Pfizer vaccinations had been placed, and the supplier business had stated that the vaccines would be available within one month of the order.

If you him if his government has the capacity to provide shots to people who have already received the double dose of vaccine, he responds in the affirmative “First and foremost, we want to provide vaccines to all citizens by the middle of April, and until we do so, we will be unable to consider booster shots. Perhaps we might consider delivering booster shots to folks once we have administered double doses to the entire community.”

• There is no plan in place to inoculate millions of people who are awaiting vaccinations.

shots for those who have received all of their vaccinations have been ruled out in the near future.

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