July 9, Kathmandu: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Nepal Sepideh Keyvanshad has reiterated the US’s commitment to continue working with countries including Nepal to help them prevent and control the Covid-19 pandemic.
Responding to the questions raised by the journalists, Keyvanshad said the US would continue its commitment – including donating vaccines, equipment, training, and infrastructure – until the Covid-19 pandemic was over.
USAID Mission Director Keyvanshad informed that the United States had donated 8.2 million vaccines to Nepal to date and had also provided $124 US million in assistance to Nepal through USAID.
Stating that US President Joe Biden had promised, and demonstrated, that the United States would be a world supplier of vaccines, She said that the US had been the largest contributor to the COVAX facility, under which vaccines, including pediatric vaccines, were distributed across the globe.
On June 18 and 19, the United States in collaboration with COVAX partners delivered the first two shipments of Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines. They were delivered to Mongolia and Nepal.
These pediatric vaccines are part of US President Biden’s commitment to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.
The additional donation of 2.2 million pediatric vaccines on July 3 marks almost a year to the date that the US began donating vaccines to Nepal.