In a bid to support Nepal fight the coronavirus pandemic, the United Kingdom has granted a total of 130,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine to the Himalayan nation.
The British Ambassador to Nepal Nicola Pollitt handed over the consignment to the Chief Specialist at the Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Dipendra Raman Singh on Thursday.
According to the British Embassy in Kathmandu, the UK has donated the vaccines as part of its direct bilateral support to Nepal.
Once after receiving the consignment at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the MoHP shipped the vaccines to Teku hospital for cold storage.
“I am delighted to be here today at airport in Kathmandu as over 130,000 Astra Zeneca vaccine doses donated to Nepal by the UK has just arrived in Nepal. The UK is Nepal’s oldest friend, with a strong partnership that has lasted for more than two hundred years,” said British Ambassador Pollitt.
“We have been supporting the Nepali people to fight this pandemic. These vaccines are direct bilateral support to Nepal, and they follow our USD 735 million donation to the COVAX facility, as well as the supply of oxygen generation equipment, ventilators, and PPE sets,” she added.
“We’re hopeful that these reach the most vulnerable people and help communities fight the spread of #COVID19,” she mentioned.
Pollitt also thanked the frontline workers and government authorities who are stiving to vaccinate the most vulnerable people.
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