The United States has announced that it will provide corona vaccine to Nepal under the Covax program.
The US President’s Office on Thursday announced a “global vaccination strategy” stating that in the first phase, 25 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed to various countries, of which 19 million doses will be received by countries including Nepal under the Covax program.
About 6 million of the vaccines distributed through Covax will go to Latin America and the Caribbean. The remaining 7 million will go to South and Southeast Asia and 5 million to Africa.
It has been announced that 7 million doses of vaccine allocated for Asia will be given to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and Asia Pacific Island.
Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali told online news that the US was sure to vaccinate Nepal. He said, “Nepal has been announced to support the vaccine, but the number has not been specified.”
Nepal is expected to vaccinate 20 percent of the population through the Kovax program. So far, more than 284,000 doses of vaccine have been received.
Biden said the remaining 6 million doses of the vaccine would be distributed through Covax to Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea, as well as to countries battling the Corona epidemic.
The United States is donating 80 million doses of corona vaccine worldwide by the end of this month, of which US President Joe Biden has announced plans to distribute 25 million vaccines in the first phase.
The White House says the Biden administration will do its homework to determine which regions and which countries will receive how much vaccine.