9 July 2021, Kathmandu
As many as 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Kathmandu from northern neighbor China.
Eight hundred thousand doses of Vero Cell have arrived from China this morning and additional vaccines will come regularly in the days ahead, said Jhalak Sharma Gautam, the chief of the National Immunization Program under the Department of Health Services.
A wide-body airbus A 330 of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) had flown to Beijing Thursday evening to fetch COVID-19 vaccines Vero Cell.
The Nepal government is bringing Vero Cell under government-to-government program from China.
The NAC will conduct a total of three flights until July 23 to bring COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Ministry.
Similarly, the NAC will conduct the next flight on July 15 and return the following the day. Likewise, it will conduct another flight on July 22 and return on 23.
The government is procuring COVID-19 vaccines from Sinopharm Company. The vaccines will be administered to the citizens less than 60 years of age, said Paudel on priority basis.
A total of 4,248,000 doses of vaccines have arrived in Nepal so far.
Two doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to 851,300 people and the number of those receiving a single doze has reached 2,611,807 in Nepal so far.