Kathmandu, January 28
Nepal on Wednesday received 1.3 million Covid-19 vaccines sent by France and Italy via the Covax facility.
Added to the 4.1 million vaccines previously sent by Germany, this brings the number of doses shared by European Union member states to 5.4 million, half of the donated vaccines received in Nepal through the Covax facility.
The French government has sent today to Nepal 685,400 doses of Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) Covid-19 vaccines. Another 663,600 doses of Vaxzevria have been donated by Italy.
On the occasion, EU Ambassador Nona Deprez said, “These vaccine donations by France and Italy today, and those donated earlier by Germany, are the embodiment of EU’s friendship with Nepal. Together, Team Europe (the European Union, its institutions and all 27 member states) has donated half of the 11 million vaccines shared so far via Covax in Nepal. And we hope there is more to come!”
This reflects the EU’s commitment to global solidarity and multilateral solutions, which was also displayed in the EU’s strong support of Covax, the global vaccine alliance, with more than 3 billion euros, the statement reads.