KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine gifted by India to Nepal has arrived in Kathmandu.
An aircraft of Air India carrying COVID-19 vaccines landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:30AM local time on Thursday, according to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over the vaccine consignment to Minister for Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi.
Earlier today morning, Anurag Srivastava, official spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted that the first consignment of India-made COVID-19 vaccines was dispatched to Kathmandu.
On Wednesday, the Government of India announced providing one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal under grant assistance. Nepal is planning to inoculate frontline health workers, employees and security personnel in the first phase.
The Government of Nepal had given a conditional approval to use Serum India Institute's AstraZeneca Covishield against the COVID-19 on Friday last week.