More than 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrive in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Over 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines have arrived in Nepal on Monday.

This is the final consignment of the total 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines the government of Japan had committed to provide to Nepal through COVAX facility to control the surge of Covid-19. Nepal received 559,360 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines this morning. Nepal has already received around 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

The government of Japan in July had announced that it would provide 1.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through COVAX facility.

Japanese government officials handed over the vaccines to the officials of Health Ministry at the Tribhuvan International Airport today.

According to Chief of Child Health and Immunisation Section, Department of Health Services Dr Jhalak Sharma Gautam, the 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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