According to US President Joe Biden, the US is providing COVID-19 vaccines and relief supplies to a number of countries, including Nepal.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry took to Twitter to say, “I join my fellow Americans and all friends of Nepal in celebrating the White House announcement that Nepal will be among the countries receiving direct vaccine donations from the US.”
The number of vaccines available has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, the US Government has airlifted emergency medical supplies to the Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to help save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and continue to meet urgent health needs across South Asia, according to a statement released by USAID.
This new airlift comes after the US government delivered three COVID-19 relief supplies to Nepal and seven emergency air shipments to India to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the statement.
Prime Minister KP Oli has praised the United States’ decision to provide Nepal with COVID-19 vaccines.
Nepal’s Foreign Minister, Pradeep Gyawali, has welcomed the United States’ decision to supply Nepal with medical supplies.
“What can be more welcome news than the announcement by the United States of COVID-10 vaccine support when Nepal is battling a dreadful wave of the pandemic,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense has provided nearly $3.1 million for urgently needed medical equipment and supplies since the outbreak began,” Anna Richey-Allen, spokeswoman for the US Embassy in Nepal, told Khabarhub.
PPE, breathing devices, isolation and disaster camp equipment and supplies, telemedicine equipment, COVID-19 testing supplies, hand-washing stations, and medical equipment for health clinics have all been purchased with funds raised so far for Nepal.
The US government has also provided 100 ventilators and 10,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).