KATHMANDU, MAY 30
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has written a letter to her American counterpart Joseph R Biden requesting to support COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.
Nepali Ambassador to US Yubaraj Khatiwada handed over the letter to Senior Advisor of the US State Department, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ervin Massinga in Washington DC on Saturday. During which Ambassador Khatiwada also apprised Senior Advisor Massinga of the present situation of Nepal and its plan for vaccination against COVID-19.
He also said that Nepal had high hopes of receiving the Astrazeneca vaccines from the US government.
Referring to the long-held bilateral relations between Nepal and the US, the Ambassador said Nepal expects significant support from the US in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Khatiwada also shared Nepal's plan to procure Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines from the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
In reply, Senior Advisor Massinga said the US government will expedite the process relating to the vaccines.
Expressing sympathy towards the damage caused by the coronavirus in Nepal, Massinga said efforts shall be made to provide vaccines that Nepal would receive under the COVAX initiative and bilateral agreement as soon as possible.