The government has entered into correspondence with COVID vaccines manufacturers in various countries for the procurement of the vaccines.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the government has sent letters to the manufacturers in the USA, the UK, Russia, China and India for this purpose.
In a virtual press conference organised by the Health Ministry today, Minister Hridayesh Tripathi said the government intended to purchase 5 million doses of vaccines. He added that some countries have already responded to the letters while awaiting response from others
Minister further shared that initiation has been taken to purchase the vaccines following different channels. He further shared that the purchasing bid was delayed as the vaccine stock is running shortage in the international market. According to the Ministry, over 2.6 million people have received COVID vaccines in the country so far.
Minister Tripathi further believed that the virus infection rate would decline in few weeks as the infection rate is gradually declining. He further shared that the government was providing grants to various hospitals to establish oxygen plants, add ventilators and ICU wards.
He added that 157 hospitals across the country are enlisted as COVID-19 dedicated hospitals. Minister Tripathi further shared that the oxygen shortage was decreasing as the government has now managed it effectively.