The United States sent 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal for use in the country's vaccination program for children aged five to 11 years, according to the U.S. Embassy in Nepal.
These are in addition to the 2.26 million doses of Pfizer vaccines and 1.5 million single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines previously supplied to Nepal by the United States, the embassy said on June 19.
The United States also pledged to support Nepal's Health Ministry in training frontline health workers in 56 districts to administer the pediatric Pfizer vaccine.
Dr. Surendra Chaurasia, chief of the logistic management section under Nepal's Department of Health Services, said the first phase of the vaccination program for children in 27 districts would begin on June 23.
The second phase of the vaccination program will involve the remaining 50 districts.
The United States also donated 302,400 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Mongolia through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, bringing the total number of vaccines donated to Mongolia to more than 1.4 million.
In May, North Carolina Physicians for Freedom (NCPF) warned about the risk of using the vaccines on children, citing that the vaccines were linked to more deaths and adverse events in one year than all other childhood vaccines combined in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System over the past 31 years.“Even this high number of deaths probably under-reports by a factor of 20 to 44, according to two analyses,” NCPF said in a press release on May 19.
The physicians' organization said the risk of heart complications from the vaccines among boys aged 12 to 15 years “is much higher than the risk they might have to be hospitalized because of COVID-19 itself.”