More than 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive in Nepal

KATHMANDU: More than 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines provided by Japan under the COVAX facility have arrived in Nepal on Saturday. The government of Japan had pledged to provide 1,600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Nepal to stem the surge of Covid-19.

Out of 1,600,000, Nepal has already received 900,000 doses of vaccines.

The Japanese Embassy said that Nepal will get remaining 700,000 doses of vaccines on Monday.

Soon after receiving the first consignment of vaccines, the Nepal government started providing second dose of vaccines to the people above 65 years of age who have already received their first dose of Covishield vaccines.

According to Chief of Child Health and Immunisation Section, Department of Health Services Dr Jhalak Sharma Gautam, the remaining vaccines will be provided to the elderly people of Province 1 and 2 who have already received their first dose of Covishield vaccines.

Nepal has already received around 2.4 million doses of Covishield, 7.4 million doses of Vero cell, 1.6 million doses of Johnson & Johnson and around 1.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

 

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