Kathmandu: Nepal’s Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has called on the international community to ensure equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide.
Addressing the nation on Friday afternoon, Prime Minister urged the G7 and G20 countries to emphasize the equitable distribution of vaccines saying that countries like Nepal are bearing the brunt of unequal access.
“The G7 and the G20 countries need to shoulder their international responsibilities,” said PM Oli.
PM Oli said that developing countries are the most hit by the pandemic and it has added a challenge to their target to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
“Developing countries are facing a shortage of vaccines and other life-saving medicines. Unequal distribution of vaccines is a subject of global discussion. The failure of manufacturing companies to deliver vaccines as promised has affected the overall plans of the COVAX alliance for developing countries. I would like to stress global cooperation against the pandemic,” said PM Oli.
Stressing that vaccines are mandatory for winning the battle against the pandemic, the Prime Minister claimed that the government will ensure that the people receiving the first Covid-19 shot receive the second jab timely.
“I would like to assure you all that the government will control the pandemic by inoculating all adults,” added PM Oli.
During the address, PM Oli extended gratitude to the countries including India, China, America, Spain, the UK, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, and Finland among others for supporting Nepal in these difficult times. He also extended thanks to various organizations such as NRNA, Nepali workers from the Gulf, business people, industrialists, and social workers for sending oxygen supplies and for their help and solidarity