KATHMANDU: China will donate an extra 1.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal, the overseas ministry right here stated on Friday.
The announcement was made by Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi, who paid a courtesy name to newly-appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday, in response to a press launch issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ambassador Hou additionally conveyed to Deuba that China will proceed its assist to Nepal to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prime Minister Deuba thanked the Chinese government for this vaccine support and expressed hope that China will enhance its support to Nepal for both COVID-19 response and recovery,” the Foreign Ministry stated.
“During the meeting, various matters pertaining to Nepal-China relations were discussed,” it stated.
China had earlier supplied 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as a present to assist Nepal in its combat in opposition to the virus.
Nepal began its vaccination drive with the 1 million doses of Covishield, the AstraZeneca sort vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, which have been gifted to Nepal by the Indian authorities.
Of the two million doses Nepal purchased from the Serum Institute, only one million doses have been shipped.
Nepal reported 2,006 new coronavirus circumstances and 43 associated deaths within the final 24 hours, taking the nation’s virus caseload and dying toll to 664,576 and 9,506 respectively.