After giving the people the first dose of AstraZeneca from India, this small Himalayan country is eagerly waiting for new medicine bottles.
This is Bhutan’s relief. The small Himalayan country learned on Thursday that since the producer India stopped exporting to meet its own needs in mid-April, there has been a shortage of anti-Covid-19 vaccines in South Asia, which is extremely worried.Yes In July, Denmark will come to assist. “Approximately 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine will be sent to Bhutan in the form of donations so that its residents can receive the second injection on time”, The Danish Embassy in Delhi confirmed on Friday.
The delivery will take place in the next few days, but it is not enough to meet all needs. But this is part of the European Union’s pledge to partially compensate India for its failure by providing itself with 350,000 doses. Europeans have not specified the source of the remaining 100,000 doses of vaccine, but several member states, including France, are said to be negotiating with Denmark. The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lothe Tsering also stated, “More than 200,000 doses” It has been transferred to the American laboratory Pfizer, but is expected to be delivered only at the end of the year.
Bhutanese authorities say they absolutely need to receive a new dose “Before next week”So that they can be injected into the crowd “By mid-July”16 weeks have passed since the first dose, and initially, AstraZeneca recommended 4 to 12 weeks between injections.
Three months ago, this small Asian country loudly congratulated its vaccination campaign for its success. Because of India’s generosity, he injected 71% of the population (more than 770,000 residents) with the first dose of vaccine between March 27 and April 6. As part of its so-called “vaccine diplomacy” policy, the Modi government sent 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine free of charge on January 20, which was produced in the subcontinent by the Serological Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. Then, 3 On the 21st, 400,000 additional doses of the same product.
Subsequently, India was hit by a second wave of Covid-19 due to the spread of the Delta variant (first discovered on its territory in October 2020) and the slow vaccination campaign. A few weeks passed, and anxiety enveloped Bhutan. King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck (Jigme Khesar Wangchuck) was forced to seek help from eighteen different countries, hoping to find a solution.