Vaccine Diplomacy and Bilateral Relations

US to support Nepal in fight against COVID-19, declares assistance of additional USD 8.5 million

KATHMANDU: The United States has stated that it stands with Nepal in the fight against COVID-19. It also expressed its commitment to make Nepal a priority in the supply of vaccines against COVID-19. 

Spokesperson of the US Embassy in Kathmandu Anna Richey-Allen said this while speaking to Nepal Press. She said the United States had committed USD 2 billion to the UN’s vaccine supply program Covax, and would provide an additional USD 2 billion.

“The United States is by far the most affected by the coronavirus,” said spokesperson Allen. “We sympathize with Nepal.” She also said that the United States will start distributing AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as it becomes available. 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also started the process demanding provision of the vaccine after information was received that the USA has stockpiled the vaccine. 

Meanwhile, the United States has pledged an additional USD 8.5 million to help Nepal fight coronavirus. 

The US Embassy said in a statement on Friday that it would provide funding through USAID. 

“We will continue to support COVID testing, infection identification, case research, treatment, infection prevention and control, border control and other support at federal, provincial and local levels,” the statement said. 

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