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Opening scenes from Bhutan’s Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

THIMPHU, BHUTAN: MARCH 27, 2021 | Updated April 18, 2021
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Bhutanese citizens registering for the Covid-19 vaccine

1. Registering For the Vaccine

Bhutanese citizens from all walks of life signed up to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.  The government organized dedications and prayers to the Medicine Buddha across the country in an instinctive use of religious tradition to boost the nationwide effort and counter vaccine-hesitancy. In the capital, Thimphu, the site of inaugural jabs, Buddhist altars, and votive offerings set the stage.

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Blending religious tradition with faith in science, Bhutan rolled out a rapid, international-headline-grabbing vaccination campaign, open to all citizens at once.  These exclusive opening images reveal the religious underpinnings of the kingdom’s ambitious undertaking. To read the full story, please see: How Bhutan’s rapid vaccine rollout combined religious tradition and scientific pragmatism.

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