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Nepal appeals for COVID-19 vaccines as cases rise

Officials say they urgently need at least 1.6m doses for second shots

Family members mourn a coronavirus victim in Kathmandu on May 3.   © Reuters

KATHMANDU (Reuters) -- Nepal urgently needs at least 1.6 million AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine doses to administer second shots as the Himalayan country is recording a surge in new coronavirus cases.

"People who have already got the first dose will be in difficulty if they don't receive their second dose within the stipulated time," said Samir Adhikari, a senior official of the Ministry of Health and Population in capital Kathmandu.

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