The Nepal government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have reached an agreement, according to which, ADB is to provide Rs 19.58 billion concessional loan to Nepal to buy anti-COVID vaccines.

ADB Country Representative Arnaud Cauchois and Finance Secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini signed the agreement amidst a function organised here today.

It is hoped the assistance would be utilised to buy 15 million doses of anti-COVID vaccines to boost the national vaccination drive. As many as 6.8 million people would be benefitted with the vaccination as a result of the support.

On the occasion, Secretary Marasini said that the ADB assistance would be a milestone to ensure vaccines and thereby safety of the Nepalis so that country's economic activities could be restored. Vaccination is the top priority of the government, he added.

Similarly, ADB Country Director Cauchois expressed the belief that the ADB's assistance to Nepal in such need would help Nepalis save lives and restore economic and social activities.

Such help to Nepal would continue in the days ahead, he assured.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 12 2021, of The Himalayan Times.