The Rising Nepal
By Asha Shah, Kathmandu, Aug.7: The first shipment of the Japan-made AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 has arrived in Nepal this morning.
The Cheif of Logistics Management Division at the Department of Health Services Dr Upendra Dhungana informed the TRN Online that out of 1.6 million doses to be provided by Japan, 513,420 doses of vaccine have arrived in Kathmandu today in the first phase.
He said that vaccines have arrived in Kathmandu through Qatar airways. According to him, another 287,000 doses of vaccines will be delivered on Sunday. A total of 800,000 doses of Japan made AstraZeneca will be delivered by Sunday.
He added that the remaining eight lakh doses of vaccines will arrive next week. Japan-aid Astrazeneca vaccine will be administered to the senior citizens who received the first dose of Covishield earlier.
Similarly, the Chief of the National Immunisation Programme at the Department of Health Service department, Dr Jhalak Gautam said that arrived vaccines will administer to the citizens of Bagmati, Gandaki, Lumbini, Karnali and Far Western Provinces who are waiting for the second dose of Covishield.
He said that the vaccination campaign will be launched from August 9. However, in states 1 and 2, the vaccination campaign will start a few days later, he said.