KATHMANDU, July 9: A consignment of the China-manufactured anti-COVID-19 vaccine, Vero Cell, has arrived in Nepal. The vaccines procured from China were brought to Nepal on a wide-body aircraft A 330 of Nepal Airlines Corporation at 6 am today.
NAC, the national flag-carrier, had sent the aircraft to China on Thursday evening to bring the vaccine.
Chief expert at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Roshan Pokharel shared that the vaccine purchased by the government arrived here this morning. He said 800,000 doses or 13,000 kilograms of the vaccine arrived today in the first phase.
The amount of vaccines being brought to Nepal has not been specified as per the non-disclosure agreement between the government and the vaccine manufacturing company. The vaccine is being brought regularly through three flights until July 23.
Dr Pokharel said the vaccines are being stored at a cold storage facility at Teku. The vaccines would be sent throughout the country.
The government has the target of administering the vaccines to 22 million people. So far, the first dose of vaccines has been given to 2,611,807 people while 933,868 people have been administered the second doses as well.