From July 21, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will send its wide-body aircraft to China on a regular basis to deliver Vero Cell vaccines.
Deepraj Juharchan, Chief of the NAC Operation Department, stated that supplies of Covid-19 vaccines from China would begin on July 21.
Previously, the NAC had delayed transporting the vaccine by a week after the Chinese vaccine manufacturing company informed them that more preparation was required to make the supplies. The NAC has scheduled three flights to the southern neighboring country in order to import the vaccines.
The first flight is scheduled for 5:45 a.m. on July 21, followed by flights on July 22 and July 24. According to the non-disclosure agreement, the government is purchasing the vaccines from China.
Prior to this, on July 9, the government brought approximately 800,000 doses of vaccines from China, resulting in the resumption of the pandemic vaccination driver.
Similarly, Nepal is receiving vaccines through the COVAX program. According to Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, under the facility, vaccines sufficient for six million people will be provided to Nepal.
On July 12, Nepal received 1.534 million single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines through the COVAX facility. Previously, 348 thousand doses of vaccines were delivered to Nepal from the facility.
The government intends to administer Covid-19 vaccines to 22 million people over the age of 18. So far, 2.62 million people have received the first dose of the vaccines, while 1.18 million people have received the full (two) doses. Vaccines such as Covishield, Vero Cell, and Johnson and Johnson are available in the country.