KATHMANDU, Oct 2: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2023 has been awarded to Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications, enabling effective mRNA vaccines to develop against COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The government has sought additional 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to administer booster doses in view of increasing infection in neighboring countries.

KATHMANDU, July 18:  From today, children from five to 12 years of age are being given the second dose of vaccines against COVID-19. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the second dose is going to be given to children in 27 districts who received the first dose of Pfizer vaccine.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: The Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) is administering booster shots against COVID-19 from Monday.

SEOUL, Feb 10: The COVAX global COVID-19 vaccine-sharing programme has scaled back the number of doses allocated for North Korea, international aid organisations said, as the country has so far failed to arrange for any shipments.

SARLAHI, Jan 31: Students in Sarlahi will be vaccinated against COVID-19 from today. The schools will be open from today till February 4 to administer the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to the students in the age group of 12 to 17 years.

Jan 27: Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Wednesday it had started a mid-stage study, testing a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine specifically designed to target the Omicron coronavirus variant, a day after rival Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) launched a similar trial.

KATHMANDU, Jan 25: An additional four million doses of Moderna vaccine are arriving in Nepal from the United States. Of these, 1.6 million doses were delivered on Monday night and the remaining 2.34 million doses are being delivered to Nepal on Tuesday morning, according to the Logistics Management Section under the Department of Health Services(DHS).

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: A large number of people are seen lined up at Shukraraj and Infectious Diseases Hospital in Teku to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Thursday.

NEW DELHI, Jan 11: More than 1 million Indians received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose on Monday as the country rolled out boosters for frontline workers and vulnerable elderly, with the Omicron variant fuelling an eight-fold rise in infections in 10 days.

HUMLA, Jan 2: Ninety percent of children in Humla have received the Moderna vaccine against the coronavirus. In collaboration with the health office, all the seven local governments have completed the work of vaccinating the school children.

NEW YORK, Dec 15: All three U.S.-authorized COVID-19 vaccines appear to be significantly less protective against the newly-detected Omicron variant of the coronavirus in laboratory testing, but a booster dose likely restores most of the protection, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Dec 14: Two-dose COVID-19 vaccine regimens do not induce enough neutralising antibodies against the Omicron coronavirus variant, British scientists found, indicating that increased infections in those previously infected or vaccinated may be likely.

Corruption in COVID-19 vaccine

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KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Two health workers have been arrested for allegedly soliciting bribes from the people for the free vaccines provided by the government vaccines against the coronavirus.

Dec 8: The Omicron variant can partially evade protection from two doses of Pfizer (PFE.N) and partner BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine, the research head of a laboratory at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa said on Tuesday.

DAKAR, Dec 8: Up to one million COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to have expired in Nigeria last month without being used, two sources told Reuters, one of the biggest single losses of doses that shows the difficulty African nations have getting shots in arms.

Dec 7: A major British study into mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that people had a better immune response when they received a first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech shots followed by Moderna nine weeks later, according to the results on Monday.

Nov 26: Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks.

LOUISVILLE, Nov 23: Cadell Walker rushed to get her 9-year-old daughter Solome vaccinated against COVID-19 — not just to protect her but to help stop the coronavirus from spreading and spawning even more dangerous variants.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Enrollment for Sanofi and GSK’s Phase 3 efficacy trial of COVID-19 vaccine has started in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: People above 18 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Lalitpur from today.

Oct 1: Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster? Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even without a booster.

Sept 26: Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans’ protection against the virus.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: The target communities in three districts--Manang, Mustang and East Rukum-- have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 infection.

NEW DELHI, Sept 22: All Indian children aged 12 or older will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations from next month, when drug maker Cadila Healthcare (CADI.NS) launches its ZyCoV-D product, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Sept 21: Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5 to 11 year olds, and they plan to ask for regulatory authorization as soon as possible to use the shot in children in that age range in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

The White House offered Wednesday to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration’s doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper’s erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral.

CHICAGO, Sept 16: New data from Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, August 28: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has clarified that the government has not administered date-expired vaccines against COVID-19.

Those who are 40 years or above can also receive the shots

MUMBAI, Aug 18, Southeast Asian countries need more help securing COVID-19 vaccines, as the region struggles to contain record infections and deaths driven by the Delta variant, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

KATHMANDU, August 11: Different umbrella organizations related with tourism have demanded vaccines for tourism entrepreneurs, employees and staffers deputed in the frontline at tourism destinations against COVID-19 within 30 days.

August 10: The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, August 8: Nepal has been administering COVID-19 vaccines to more than 150,000 people a day on average over the past few days.

LONDON, August 8: There are early signs that people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to transmit the Delta variant of the virus as easily as those who have not, scientists at Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday.

LONDON, Aug 7: No causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual disorders has been found so far, Europe's drugs regulator said on Friday, separately recommending that three new conditions be added as possible side-effects of J&J's (JNJ.N) coronavirus shot.

August 5: Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Thursday its COVID-19 shot was about 93% effective through six months after the second dose, showing hardly any change from the 94% efficacy reported in its original clinical trial.

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.