The Foreign Ministry has already accomplished the mandatory course of to procure COVID-19 vaccines from the US.
As the nation grapples with the lethal second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nepali Government has intensified its efforts to procure COVID-19 vaccines from numerous international locations to management the unfold.
Lately, the Nepali Government has positioned its request earlier than the American Government to facilitate the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, in accordance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
Recently, former Health Minister Gagan Thapa had tweeted Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali to search assist from the US to procure vaccines. He stated that the US is able to assist different international locations because the pandemic scenario had improved considerably within the US these days.
Responding to the tweet, Minister Gyawali knowledgeable that the Ministry had accomplished the mandatory course of to procure COVID-19 vaccines from the US.
“I can confirm the request is in Washington. President Biden has made clear that as long as this virus is spreading anywhere, it is a threat to people everywhere. The US is looking at options to share the AstraZeneca doses with other countries as they become available,” stated Anna Richey-Allen, Information Officer on the US Embassy in Nepal.
“I know that many countries are asking the United States to do more, some with growing desperation because of the scope and scale of their COVID emergencies. We hear you. And I promise we’re moving as fast as possible,” she added.
The US is the biggest donor to COVAX, a world initiative to allow low-to-middle revenue international locations equitable entry to COVID-19 medicines, tools, and vaccines. The US has already dedicated to offering USD 2 billion to this system, and one other USD 2 billion to comply with.
Nepal is among the many first in Asia to obtain COVAX donations.
The American Government lately introduced a further USD 8.5 million emergency response fund to Nepal to combat the second wave of the pandemic.