Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will send its aircraft to China on a regular basis beginning July 21 to deliver Vero Cell vaccines, according to RSS.
Deepraj Juharchan, NAC’s Chief of Operations, stated that the supply of anti-COVID-19 vaccines from China would begin on July 21.
Previously, the NAC had delayed transporting the vaccine by a week after the Chinese vaccine manufacturing company informed them that it needed more time to manage the supplies.
RSS reports that the Corporation has scheduled three flights to China to transport the vaccines.
The first flight is scheduled for 5:45 a.m. on July 21, followed by two more on July 22 and July 24.
According to The Rising Nepal, Nepal has received a total of 6,582,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far through grants, purchases, and the COVAX facility.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), a total of 290,000 doses have been granted, 1,882,850 doses have been purchased through the COVAX program, and 1,800,000 doses have been purchased through purchasing.
On the first week of March, a total of 348,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine were donated for the first time to Nepal through the COVAX facility.
Similarly, 1,534,850 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine under the COVAX facility arrived in Nepal on July 12, bringing the total number of doses under the COVAX facility to 1,882,850.
On January 27, India provided 1 million doses of Covishield vaccine as part of vaccination grants. As a result, Nepal launched its first vaccination campaign. India has also provided the Nepal Army with 1 lakh Covishield vaccines.
Similarly, China had donated 1.8 million doses of the Vero Cell vaccine. This brings the total number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine received under the grant to 2,900,000 units.
Nepal had ordered 2 million doses of Covishield vaccine from Serum Institute, but had only received 1 million so far. The purchase included 1 million doses of vaccine from India and 8 lakhs from China, for a total of 1,800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr Krishna Prasad Paudel, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), confirmed that 1.6 million vaccines from China and 1.6 million from Japan will arrive in Nepal.
3.2 million doses of vaccine are still on the way, thanks to a non-disclosure agreement with China. According to the ministry, an additional 6.4 million doses of vaccine will arrive in Nepal within the next few days, and 3.2 million purchased from China will arrive within the next 10 days as well.
Total Number of Vaccinated Individuals
According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), a total of 1,397,959 people have received their second doses, while over 2.7 million people have received their first jabs, implying that more than half of those who received the first dose have yet to receive their booster. Similarly, the first doses of the Covishield and Vero Cell vaccines have been administered to a total of 2,765,709 people.
Furthermore, only 460,734 people have received their full Covishield vaccine dose, and 659,548 people have received their full Vero Cell vaccine dose.
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