Nepal received as many as 368,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX facility from the Government of Canada on Wednesday.

Nepal has so far received 22,572,930 doses of various vaccines against COVID-19 as of Wednesday. The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) said that 13,020,000 doses of vaccines were purchased and another 9,552,930 doses were received as grants from various nations.

Speaking at a media briefing, Dr. Krishna Prasad Poudel, spokesperson for the MoHP, informed that the nation has administered 16,637,770 doses of vaccines so far. He added, “29.5 per cent of the 30,378,055 population have received their first dose of the vaccine and 25.3 per cent have received their full dose as of Wednesday.”

Similarly, 101,761 people were vaccinated on Wednesday alone. Dr. Poudel also urged everyone to follow all health protocols, including washing hands frequently, maintaining social distance and wearing masks, to stay safe from the pandemic.

According to MoHP, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts have more than 500 active COID cases each and 10 other districts have more than 200 active cases each at present.

Meanwhile, Manang, Okhaldunga, Humla, Dolpa and Jajarkot are the districts with zero active case.

Nepal currently has 798,916 cases of recovery, with the recovery rate standing at 97.7 per cent, while death rate stands at 1.4 per cent.