8 July 2021, Kathmandu
A wide-body airbus A 330 of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is flying to Beijing today evening to fetch COVID-19 vaccines Vero Cell.
The Nepal government is bringing Vero Cell under government-to-government program from China.
“A NAC airbus will fly to China to bring COVID-19 vaccines today evening. It will bring the vaccines by tomorrow,” said Dr Krishna Prasad Paudel, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Population.
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.
However, Dr. Paudel did not anything regarding how many doses of vaccines will arrive.
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.