Nepal to receive at least 2.4 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccines by July 23

A Nepal Airlines aircraft delivers 800,000 doses of Vero Cell Covid-19 vaccines from China, in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Photo: Aryan Dhimal

Kathmandu, July 5

The government of Nepal is all set to receive at least 2.4 million more doses of the Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm by July 23.

The government has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Chinese company for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines. Although the government has not made public the details such as the number of the vaccines, sources say a total of four million doses is being purchased.

In the meantime, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s foreign affairs advisor Rajan Bhattarai has made public a schedule of three cargo flights from July 8 to 23 to receive the vaccines.

According to the schedule, the first flight will be back to Kathmandu this Friday (July 9).

As Nepal Airlines is assigned to take the vaccines to Kathmandu, an NAC source says a flight can carry 809,600 doses.

It means two other flights are required to bring in all four million vaccines. Its schedule has not been made public yet.

Meanwhile, Bhattarai claims efforts are underway to bring vaccines from other sources also.

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