Kathmandu: The incumbent government has decided to procure over 10 million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 by mid-October this year.
Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Population Laxman Aryal, at a meeting of the Committee for Education and Health under the House of Representatives here today, shared that a total of 15,048,000 doses will arrive by then.
Vaccines would be received in grant assistance, through COVAX scheme and procured through own resources. Aryal shared that China-made Vero Cell vaccine would arrive in 6 million doses as of mid-December this year while the India-manufactured 1 million doses of Covishield are scheduled to arrive towards the third week of August.
Likewise, a total of 1.6 million doses of Vero Cell would arrive Nepal from China under foreign grant assistance by mid-August.
The government of Japan is also sending 1.6 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines by third week of August under the COVAX programme. Additional 338,000 doses of vaccines against COVID-19 are also likely under COVAX programme, informed Aryal.
Chief of Division of Policy Programme and Monitoring Dr Gunaraj Lohani during the meeting shed light on the COVID-19 response efforts of the government and shared future action-plan to contain the infection.
According to Dr Lohani, additional 30.2 million doses of vaccines are likely to arrive Nepal within mid-October this year to mid-April next year.