5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to arrive in Nepal within a month

KATHMANDU, July 6: As many as four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines purchased from China are set to arrive in Nepal within the next two weeks. The Nepal Airlines Corporation has scheduled a total of six flights to China to bring the vaccines.

According to the airlines, aircraft 4251 and 4252 will take off for China on Thursday and Friday respectively. Similarly, the next flight to China is scheduled for July 15 by aircraft 4251 and on July 16 by aircraft 4252. The remaining flights are scheduled on July 22 and July 23.

According to the health ministry, Nepal has already received a total of 1.8 million doses of vaccine as a grant from China. Earlier, China’s President Xi Jinping had announced to provide five million doses of vaccines for Nepal. President Bidya Devi Bhandari and President Xi had held talks over the phone which was followed by the announcement. In addition, Nepal is also in the process of receiving about 1.5 million doses of vaccine from Gavi-COVAX.