As many as one million doses of vaccines against COVID-19 provided as grant by the Government of India to Nepal have arrived at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu today.

An Air India plane carrying the vaccines landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 11:53 am on Thursday.

Receiving the vaccines at the Airport, Health Minister Hridayesh Tripathi thanked the Government of India on behalf of the Nepali people.

During a joint press conference held at the Ministry of Health on Wednesday afternoon, Minister Tripathi had informed about India’s decision to provide one million doses of Covishield vaccines as a grant.

Health Minister Tripathi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra had organized a joint press conference to provide information about the vaccines. India has provided Nepal with Covishield vaccines, which was developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) in collaboration with Oxford University and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The AZD1222 vaccine was produced by India’s SII under the name Covishield.

According to Secretary at the Ministry of Health Laxman Aryal, the first phase of vaccination against COVID-19 will be given to frontline doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers as well as security personnel.

Covishield vaccines can be stored at a temperature of 2 to 8 degree Celsius for at least six months.