The vaccine was procured via the COVAX facility


The first batch of Vero Cell vaccine procured through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) mechanism has arrived from China.

The consignment of 1.2 million vaccines that was brought in on Wednesday is a part of the 5.9 million doses of vaccines that the government planned to procure through a loan that was approved by Asian Development Bank on July 22.

ADB approved a loan of $165 million for the Nepal government to purchase safe and effective vaccines against the coronavirus disease about three months ago.

The project is thought to support the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan in Nepal which will benefit about 6.8 million Nepalis.

ADB has been collaborating with partners such as World Bank, COVAX, WHO, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in supporting the government in its efforts to vaccinate its people as soon as possible.

Recently, Nepal also received a donation of 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccine from the United States.

The Ministry of Health and Population shared that Pfizer vaccine will be administered to people aged above 12 and those suffering from diabetes and cancer, among various other chronic diseases.

So far, a total of 15,342,198 doses of vaccines have been administered since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, of which 8,632,293 people have received at least one dose while 6,709,905 have received full doses.