Nepal is on cloud nine after it has received as many as 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the United States, especially at the time when the country is reeling under a severe vaccine crunch.
A regular flight ferrying the single-shot vaccines vials from Johnson and Johnson landed in the Tribhuvan International Airport today morning.
American Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry officially handed over the vaccines to Nepali Health Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha during a program at the TIA. The vaccine consignment has been moved to a Teku-based vaccine storage facility managed by the Department of Health Services.
“Today, we’re giving Nepal enough #JNJ COVID19 vaccines via #COVAX to fully vaccinate 1.5 million people. I’m proud that the US is the largest single-country donor of #COVID19 assistance to Nepal. This gift, on behalf of the American people, has the singular goal of saving lives,” tweeted Ambassador Berry.
Likewise, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “There are no strings attached to our vaccines that we’re providing. We’re providing them around the world to save lives and to be a contributor to the global effort to fight the pandemic.”
According to the US Embassy in Nepal, as the vaccine is a single-shot type, 1.5 million Nepalis can be fully vaccinated with received vaccines doses.
“This is one crucial step toward ending the pandemic, recuperating economic losses, and resuming the in-person social connections we all crave,” said the US Embassy.
As per the preliminary news, people in the age group 50-55 will be inoculated. However, the Nepali Government is yet to decide the same.
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