LONDON, August 1: The protection that vaccines give against coronavirus infection, and potentially severe disease, is highly likely to wane over time so vaccine campaigns will continue for years to come, scientists told the British government's advisory group.

KATHMANDU, July 30: China has agreed to provide an additional 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, China is ready to provide the vaccine through the procurement process. Dr Roshan Pokharel, secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population, said with this China will provide 14.4 million vaccines to Nepal. Out of these, 12 million will be provided through procurement process and 3.4 million in the form of grants.

KATHMANDU, July 29: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma has requested to amend the COVID-19 vaccination schedule and move ahead with the process so that the vaccine against COVID-19 can be administered to people by mid-October.

GANDAKI, July 29: Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industries has drawn the attention of Gandaki province government to prioritize anti-COVID vaccination to the businesspersons.

BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 24: A new study suggests that a Sinopharm vaccine offers poor protection from COVID-19 among the elderly, raising questions for dozens of countries that have given the Chinese company’s shots to their most vulnerable populations.

KATHMANDU, July 21: A NAC’s aircraft is preparing to leave for China today to get more vaccines procured earlier by the government.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has inaugurated the anti COVID-19 vaccination campaign organized at the National Disabled Association Centre in Gokarneshwor Municipality.

KATHMANDU, July 8: A Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) aircraft is leaving for China to bring COVID-19 vaccines today.

KATHMANDU, July 4: A study has suggested that the people who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccines are 98 percent safe from the disease.

WASHINGTON, June 30: The World Bank on Wednesday pledged to boost available funding for COVID-19 vaccine purchases and deployment to $20 billion from a previous target of $12 billion, citing a sharp increase in overall financing demand from developing countries.

BEIJING, June 29: Many countries from China to Indonesia and Brazil rely heavily on Chinese vaccines to inoculate their people against COVID-19, but there are growing concerns about whether they provide enough protection against the Delta variant, first identified in India.

BRUSSELS, June 23: At the height of Europe's vaccine supply crisis in March, Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine was touted as a game-changer. But two months into its rollout, the shot has the lowest uptake of all four approved vaccines.

KATHMANDU, June 23: All the three unions in the public transport sector met Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basanta Kumar Nembang on Tuesday and demanded him to facilitate the process to administer vaccines against COVID-19 to all public transport workers at the earliest possible date.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The government has decided to provide the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as an alternative to the booster dose of the Covishield vaccine.

BEIJING, June 5: China has approved emergency use of Sinovac Biotech's (SVA.O) COVID-19 vaccine in people aged between three and 17, its chairman Yin Weidong told state TV late on Friday.

BEIJING, June 2: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in poor countries.

KATHMANDU, May 26: China has announced a grant of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Nepal.

USA, May 26: Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S.

CANADA, April 24: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday received his first dose of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at an Ottawa pharmacy, telling reporters "I'm very excited" as the needle entered his arm.

INDIA, April 16: After gifting and selling tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad, India suddenly finds itself short of shots as new infections surge in the world's second-most populous country.

JERUSALEM, April 11: The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through” Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed.

NEW DELHI, April 8: India’s prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

NEW DELHI, April 1:  India began vaccinating tens of thousands of people above the age of 45 on Thursday in its biggest push yet against a surging coronavirus that has hit the highest daily count since early October, officials said.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Nepalis who received the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine on January 27 are unlikely to receive the second shot on time due to the government’s failure to procure the vaccine.

USA, April 1: Pfizer announced Wednesday that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall.

NEW DELHI, March 28: A World Health Organization (WHO)-backed programme to supply coronavirus vaccines to poorer countries expects that the Serum Institute of India (SII) will resume full deliveries of the AstraZeneca shot to it in May, UNICEF said on Saturday.

NEW DELHI, March 27: India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, said on Friday it would make domestic COVID-19 inoculations a priority as infections surge and had told international buyers of its decision.

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepal Airlines is sending a plane on Sunday to China to bring 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

TAIPEI, March 16: China has approved a new COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, one that was developed by the head of its Center for Disease Control, adding to its arsenal.

NEW DELHI, March 1: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inoculated with the first dose of a home-grown coronavirus vaccine on Monday, kicking off an expansion of the country’s immunisation campaign that began in mid-January with healthcare workers.

WASHINGTON, Feb 28: The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

WASHINGTON, Feb 24: COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.

SYDNEY, Feb 21: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was injected on Sunday with the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, as the nation started its inoculation program a day ahead of schedule.

SYDNEY, Feb 21: Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday - but not in Facebook advertisements, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news content from its platform in the country.

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: India is hosting a health secretary-level meeting virtually with member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on Thursday to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Indian media reports said on Wednesday.

GENEVA, Feb 16: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday listed AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, widening access to the relatively inexpensive shot in the developing world.

NEW DELHI, Feb 12: India has won plaudits for gifting and selling COVID-19 vaccines around the world, but it will have to crank up the pace of immunisations at home to meet its targets.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has rolled out the second phase of vaccination drive against COVID-19 from today.

NEW YORK, Feb 5: AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows a hint that it may reduce transmission of the virus and offers strong protection for three months on just a single dose, researchers said Wednesday in an encouraging turn in the campaign to suppress the outbreak.

Country’s COVID-19 case tally stands at 271,118 including 2,489 active cases as of Monday

KATHMANDU, Jan 31: China on Sunday said that it has decided to provide 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine under grant assistance to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Saturday changed his statement of administering every Nepali citizen with the COVID-19 vaccine within the next three months.

NEW JERSEY, Jan 29: Johnson & Johnson on Friday said its single-dose vaccine was 72% effective in preventing COVID-19 in the United States but a lower rate of 66% was observed globally in the large trial conducted across three continents and against multiple variants.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Wednesday vowed to roll out COVID-19 vaccine for free to all Nepali nationals within three months.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: While Nepal is administering India’s COVID-19 vaccines across the country today, many are concerned with the vaccine's effectiveness and safety.

WASHINGTON, Jan 27: The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse.

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: Sudur Paschim Province is to receive 16,000 doses of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines dispatched by the central government for use against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in all its nine districts.

NEW DELHI, Jan 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday India was completely self-reliant on coronavirus vaccine supplies as the world’s second-most populous country inoculated more than 1 million people within a week of starting its campaign.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine gifted by India to Nepal has arrived in Kathmandu.