KATHMANDU, Dec 16: Germany provided more than 401 million doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to Nepal on Thursday.
About 1,965,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine as well as 2,176,650 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were provided by Germany to Nepal through the multilateral vaccine platform COVAX this week.
Issuing a statement on Thursday, the Embassy of Germany said, “These vaccines add to the in-kind donations of life-saving medical supplies and technical support during this pandemic. In addition, Germany had also supported the procurement of ultra-low temperature freezers, procured through UNICEF.”
“We are proud that we can now share more than 4.1 Million doses of COVID vaccines with the people of Nepal. With these vaccines more than 10 % of the population can get fully vaccinated,” the statement quoted Dr Stephan Russek, Chargé d'Affaires at the German Embassy as saying.
Dr Russek presented the vaccines earlier today to Minister for Health and Population, Birodh Khatiwada.
The Ministry of Health and Population is planning to distribute the vaccines from December 19 in 57 districts, mainly targeting children aged 12-18. Despite that, the ongoing public health measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 will continue to be critical alongside vaccination. This includes adhering to testing and quarantine measures, mask wearing, hand hygiene, and physical distancing of at least two meters.