On the 27th May 2021, the UK sent 260 ventilators and 2,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, along with health experts, to Nepal to help the country’s fight against COVID-19. A flight departed from RAF Brize Norton today (Thursday 27 May), transporting the ventilators, which have been sourced from surplus UK stocks to Kathmandu.UK Government website press release
Two health experts have also travelled to Nepal on the flight. They will work with the British Embassy in Kathmandu to assess how the UK can further support the Government of Nepal in their response to the pandemic. Nepal is experiencing a huge surge COVID-19 infections, and the country’s healthcare system is facing an extreme shortage of essential supplies, including oxygen and medical equipment. This package of support has been sent in response from a call for assistance from the Nepalese Government and will help meet Nepal’s most pressing needs and save lives.