The country health ministery announced on tuesday, Bhutan started vaccinating its population with the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine over seven days from July 20 and within seven days by July 27 (Tuesday), 90% of the eligible adults had been fully vaccinated .
Bhutan, lies between India and China, within a population of less than eight lakh. Bhutan is small country . The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) praised the rapid vaccination rate against Covid-19 in Bhutan and called it a “great success story”.
Bhutan has set a new record for its nationwide coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination drive, managing to inoculate 90% of its entire population with both doses of the anti-Covid shot in a matter of just seven days. According to Bhutan’s health ministry, the vaccines that were received from foreign donations were used up in this inoculation drive.
Unicef’s Bhutan representative, The mass vaccine started on july 20 and is “the fastest vaccination campaign to be execuated during pandemic” . “And if there’s anything that I hope the world that can learn, is that a country like Bhutan with very few doctors, few nurses, but a really committed king and leadership in the government mobilising society it’s not impossible to vaccinate the whole country.”
Bhutan had quickly recived the 550,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by India in March and early April for the first vaccine shots to its citizenry. However, due to a surge in Covid-19 infections in India, the exports were halted, which eventually led to a growing time gap between the first and the second doses.
Bhutan later launched an appeal for donations, following which several Western countries sent Covid-19 vaccine doses to the Himalayan nation.
There was pause in vaccination push when vaccine production slow down in india because of corona virus cases but this month doses arriving again in Bhutan, with Denmark, China, Bulgaria, Croatia, and other nations are donating more than 150,000 AstraZeneca doses ,and the united states 5,00,000 moderna and 5000 Pfizer doses to Bhutan soon in mid july.