The single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, which is being supplied to Nepal by the US, is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Monday.
On Friday, US Ambassador to Nepal Randy W. Berry announced on his Facebook page that Johnson & Johnson would assist Nepal with more than 1.5 million immunizations.
According to Ministry of Health and Population Spokesperson and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division Director Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel, the 1,534,850 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would most likely arrive in Nepal on Monday.
According to Dr. Taranath Pokhrel, the Coordinator of the Vaccination Advisory Committee, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose vaccine. “This vaccination is identical to the Ministry of Health and Population’s vaccine shop. “It may be stored at a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius,” he stated.
According to the action plan, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would be administered to the upper age group first. He stated, “We are currently vaccinating folks over the age of 60.” He stated, “We will administer forthcoming vaccines for persons under the age of 60, 55 to 60 years of age, and under 55 years of age.”
Similarly, Dr Krishna Prasad Poudel, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health and Population, stated that the vaccine program will begin soon. “We’re making preparations. The immunization campaign is being implemented in the age groups as planned,” he stated.
Meanwhile, as part of a deal with China to buy 4 million Vero Cell vaccines, the government brought eight lakh doses of vaccine to Nepal on Friday. Despite plans to carry one million doses of vaccine at a time, due to a lack of space onboard, only eight lakh vaccines were brought.
A total of 3,534,850 persons will be vaccinated thanks to 1,534,850 vaccines from the United States and 4 million vaccine doses from China. The Vero Cell vaccine, which is imported from the United States, requires two doses, whereas the Johnson & Johnson vaccination just requires one.
Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada, Nepal’s ambassador to the United States, emphasized that the United States’ cooperation in the event of a pandemic is critical.
In an interview with RSS, Dr Khatiwada said that in response to a letter from President Bidya Devi Bhandari, US President Barack Obama stated that the US would provide Nepal with all available assistance.
He also stated that the US administration would carry out the vaccine resolution reached at the G7 summit. The G7 summit recently determined to make the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines a top priority.
Nepal is also attempting to obtain more vaccines from the United States, although several businesses have stated that new contracts would not be signed until 2021.