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some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is low and the research has not been peer reviewed.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.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: Nepal is all set to receive COVID-19 vaccine from its neighboring country, India, within a few days, according to the Family Welfare Division under the Department of Health Service.

ISLAMABAD, Jan 19: Pakistan on Monday approved the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a government statement said, two days after AstraZeneca’s vaccine developed with Oxford University received a similar authorization.

NEW DELHI, Jan 16: India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: Nepal has granted a conditional emergency approval for Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford, and manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, the first step in its plan to inoculate citizens in the country.

NEW DELHI, Jan 14: India will treat a domestic COVID-19 vaccine “equally” with a prominent global one, even though the homegrown drug’s efficacy has not been proven, and people will have no choice which they one they get, a top government vaccine official told Reuters.

JAKARTA, Jan 13: Indonesia launched one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination campaigns on Wednesday with President Joko Widodo getting the first shot of a Chinese vaccine as his country fights one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia.

JAKARTA, Jan 13: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday received the first shot of a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine after Indonesia approved it for emergency use and began efforts to vaccine millions of people in the world’s fourth most populated country.

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU, Jan 12: Indian carrier Spicejet carried a large consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from the city of Pune to the capital New Delhi on Tuesday in preparation for what it called the world’s biggest ever inoculation drive.

NEW DELHI, Jan 9: India will start its COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan. 16 with priority given to about 30 million healthcare and frontline workers, a government statement said on Saturday.

BENGALURU, Jan 5: A top executive at an Indian biotechnology company defended its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, approved for emergency use by the government, and said it will produce efficacy data from late-stage trials by March.

MOSCOW, Jan 3: Russia is ready to conduct clinical trials in Ukraine of a COVID-19 vaccine combining its Sputnik V with a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca together with Oxford University, the head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Saturday.

USA, Jan 1: Only about 2.8 million Americans had received a COVID-19 vaccine going into the last day of December, putting the United States far short of the government’s target to vaccinate 20 million people this month.

BEIJING, Dec 31: China approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm on Thursday, its first approved shot for general public use as it braces for increased transmission risks over winter.

ZURICH, Dec 31: Britain on Wednesday became the first country to approve AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s home-grown UK COVID-19 vaccine, adding an easy-to-manage shot to the arsenal of a nation desperate for pandemic relief.

ROME, Dec 27: Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine Sunday in a symbolic show of unity and moment of hope for a continent confronting its worst health care crisis in a century.

LOS ANGELES, Dec 24: Millions of COVID-19 vaccines are sitting unused in U.S. hospitals and elsewhere a week into the massive inoculation campaign, putting the government’s target for 20 million vaccinations this month in doubt.

NEW DELHI, Dec 23: India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Poudel has vowed that there would not be any shortage of resources to ensure people with the vaccines against COVID-19. The government is devoted to bringing in and distributing the vaccines in Nepal as the processes were underway in the world market to make available the vaccines produced by various companies, he added.

MUMBAI, Dec 18: Many Indians appear hesitant to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as infections have fallen sharply since a mid-September peak and some people are worried about possible side-effects here, according to a survey of 18,000 people released on Thursday.

MUMBAI, Dec 17: An Indian government-backed COVID-19 vaccine showed it was safe and triggered immune responses during an ongoing early-stage trial, the company involved in the study said in a statement on Wednesday.