Kathmandu, October 28: Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada has said that preparations are underway to bring in vaccines against COVID-19 for children under 12 years of age.
Speaking at a press conference organized by the Health Journalists Forum Nepal on Thursday, Minister Khatiwada said that vaccines for children under 12 are being tested in India and China and Nepal is also preparing to bring vaccines after its successful testing. “The third (final) phase of testing is taking place after the successful testing of the second phase of the vaccine for children under the age of 12 in India and China,” he said. “We will bring the vaccines for children under 12 years after the tests are completed and the World Health Organization recognizes it.”
“We are preparing to bring the vaccine from India or China, which will provide us with the vaccine earlier,” he said.
The government is bringing Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children over 12 years of age. Just a few days ago, the US government had provided 100,620 doses of vaccine to Nepal under the COVAX facility.