On Monday Nepal received 559, 360 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan government.
This is the last batch of the total 1.6 million doses the government of Japan had pledged to Nepal government through COVAX, a United Nations-backed international vaccine-distribution scheme.
“We have received the final consignment of vaccines from Japan today,” informed Upendra Dhungana, chief of the Logistic Management Division under the Department of Health Services, talking to media here on Monday.
Earlier this month, a total of 1,055,380 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan were provided.
The government of Japan in July had announced that it would provide 1,614,740 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through COVAX.
Health Ministry officials said that these doses will be used to give second doses to those who had taken their first doses of Covishield, the AstraZeneca type of vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, in the second week of March.
Around 1.4 million people aged 65 and above, who had taken first doses of Covishield between March 7 and 15, were deprived of their second doses as Nepal had failed to secure additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
After Bhutan supplied 230,000 doses and Japan supplied the first consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine, the government started giving second doses to those who took their first doses in March from August 9. Meanwhile, on Monday, those who recovered from corona virus infection in Nepal out numbered those who have been infected from the virus. In the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry recorded 1801 new covid – 19 cases taking the country’s corona infection case tally to 829,443. During the period 1924 corona infected patients have recovered from the disease. Similarly, 24 people died due to corona infection taking the covid – 19 death toll to 10,533. So far, 700097 people have achieved recovery from the disease. Currently there are 38,351 corona active people receiving treatment at various isolation centres including home isolation across the country.