Nepal received 201,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine provided by the government of Maldives late on Sunday.
Maldives has supplied its surplus jabs that are about to expire as grant assistance to Nepal and the vaccines have to be used within a month prior to their expiry.
Earlier, Bhutan had supplied 230,000 doses of surplus AstraZeneca type vaccines. Likewise, Switzerland and Canada have also offered COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.
According to the Health Ministry, additional 1.9 million doses of Vero Cell vaccine will arrive within two to three days from China as part of the northern neighbor’s grant assistance to Nepal government and Nepal Army.
Before this, Nepal received 1.02 million doses of Vero Cell vaccine purchased through COVAX’s cost-sharing mechanism from China on Wednesday last week. The vaccines were part of over 5.9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses Nepal has purchased using a loan from the Asian Development Bank.
Nepal has so far received 20,179,810 doses of Vero Cell, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
As of Sunday, 7,189,689 people (23.7 percent of the total population) have been fully vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.