Bhutan Restarts Covid Vaccinations After Flood Of Donations
Muhammad Irfan 16 days ago Tue 20th July 2021 | 07:47 PM
Bhutan rolled out second doses of its vaccine programme Tuesday following a lightning-fast first phase that saw most of its eligible adult population inoculated in two weeks
Thimpu, Bhutan, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Jul, 2021 ) :Bhutan rolled out second doses of its vaccine programme Tuesday following a lightning-fast first phase that saw most of its eligible adult population inoculated in two weeks.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom, which has a population of 770,000, was forced to wait more than three months to revive its mass vaccination drive after neighbouring India halted exports to meet local demand during a massive surge in infections.
Bhutan had pleaded for more shots after using up most of the 550,000 AstraZeneca doses donated by India when it inoculated 60 percent of the population -- most of the country's adults -- with first doses in late March and early April.
The inoculation drive, open to everyone aged above 18, will last until Monday.
The health ministry added that vaccinations of children aged 12 to 17 would be announced later.
The government has meanwhile bought 200,000 Pfizer doses that are expected to be delivered later this year.
During a trial roll-out over the past week, recipients including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering were administered Moderna as their second dose.
"We all... must know that it's only through vaccination that you can protect yourself and through you... the community," Tshering, a qualified doctor who continues to practise on weekends, said in a video posted on Facebook by the health ministry Saturday.
Bhutan has reported 2,427 Covid-19 infections and one death so far.