1 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine arriving today

21 January 2021, Kathmandu

One million doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Indian government are arriving in Nepal on Thursday.

The coronavirus vaccine Covishield is being brought via a flight of Air India at 10:45 am, a source at the Health Ministry said.

This is the first time the Indian government is providing Nepal COVID-19 vaccine.

The Nepal government is preparing to launch COVID-19 vaccination in all the 77 districts simultaneously.

The names of COVID-19 vaccine receivers are being collected online, said Health Secretary Laxman Aryal. The vaccination will begin before February 12, according to Aryal.

Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi said the donation of COVID-19 vaccine by India is an exemplary age-old ties between Nepal and India and vowed that the COVID-19 vaccine procurement process will be carried out in a transparent manner.

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