Kathmandu: Nepal has received over 7.7 million Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility so far. Nepal received a shipment of 6,039,000 doses of Covishield and 1,686,000 doses of Moderna from November 29- December 20.
In addition to the vaccines, over three million syringes and around 83,000 syringe safety boxes and ten specialized walk-in-coolers have been handed over to Nepal, COVAX said in a statement.
The vaccines and accompanying vaccination supplies and equipment are being quickly distributed to provinces and municipalities across the country, according to the statement.
As of December 22, over 22 million doses have been administered – 9.7 million people have been fully vaccinated and 13.8 million have been partially vaccinated with one dose—in Nepal.
This has been achieved with vaccines provided through the COVAX facility, through partner country dose sharing, and through direct government procurement, reads the statement.
Importantly, this latest COVAX AMC delivery includes 1,686,000 Moderna doses which are enabling the rollout of the vaccination campaign to children aged between 12-17 years in Nepal.
The delivery of COVAX-procured vaccines to Nepal is part of ongoing efforts towards ensuring equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines globally, the statement said.
The COVAX has congratulated Nepal for the ongoing campaign results and reiterated its solidarity with its people.
COVAX partners are committed to working with Nepal through the pandemic period to ensure that no one is left behind, to prevent the loss of social and economic gains made, and to pave the way for socio-economic recovery, reads the statement.