Covid-19: Bhutan vaccinates over 60% people in record time, leaves behind Israel
At a time when all the countries in the world are racing against time to give Covid-19 vaccine to most of their population, the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has created a record. The country may not be well-known as economic powerhouse, but when it comes to giving vaccine shots, over 60 per cent of Bhutans population has received a first jab.
Surprisingly, the Himalayan kingdom started its two-dose vaccination drive just 11 days ago. It is using the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine donated by India.
Ninda Dema, a 30-year-old woman born in the year of the Monkey as per the Buddhist astrology, became the country’s first to receive the shot on March 27. She was given the vaccine jab at a school-turned-vaccination centre in the capital Thimphu.
“Let this small step of mine today help us all prevail through this illness,” Ninda was quoted by the Kuensel newspaper as saying after being selected to take the first jab.
The country has recorded 896 Covid-19 infections and one death so far. Bhutan has been able to slow the spread of the virus with early screening and monitoring at entry points, testing and sealing of borders.
Bhutan received 150,000 doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in January. The authorities waited for 400,000 more shots that were provided last month to begin the campaign in one go.