Bhutan’s population vaccinated against covid-19

News item posted by the Australian Broadcasting Commission on 27 July 2021:

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has inoculated most of its eligible population with second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations in just a week, in a speedy rollout hailed by UNICEF on Monday as a “success story” for international donations.

More than 454,000 shots were administered over the past week — which equates to just over 85 per cent of the eligible adult population of more than 530,000 people — after a recent flood of foreign donations.

The tiny nation had quickly used up most of the 550,000 AstraZeneca vaccines donated by India in late March and early April for people’s first shots, before the neighbouring country halted exports over a massive local surge in infections.

Faced with a growing time gap between first and second doses, Bhutan launched an appeal for donations.

UNICEF’s Bhutan representative, Will Parks, hailed the ambitious vaccination drive as a “great success story for Bhutan”.