KATHMANDU, July 10: The 1.5 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines that the US is providing under the COVAX facility are set to arrive in Nepal on Monday morning.
According to Prime Minister KP Oli's Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr Rajan Bhattarai, the shipment of vaccines that left the US on Friday is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Monday morning. "Thanks to the US government and those who took initiatives for this. The government's efforts to bring in additional [COVID-19] vaccines is still underway," he wrote on social media.
Earlier on Saturday, US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry said the US will donate at no cost to Nepal enough vaccines to fully vaccinate 1.5 million people in the coming days. “I could not be any prouder of our 73-year long partnership. America will always stand with Nepalis, and we will continue to work tirelessly to improve their lives,” Ambassador Berry tweeted.
The 1.5 million of J & J vaccines that the US is donating to Nepal is a part of the US President Joe Biden's announced plans to provide 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to poor and destitute countries. Along with Nepal, the USA is also delivering 500,000 doses of Moderna vaccines to Bhutan on Monday.