May 5, 2021

The Honorable Randy Berry

Ambassador of the United States

United States Embassy

Kathmandu, Nepal

RE: Vaccines For Nepal

Dear Ambassador Berry,

We approach you as a group of Nepali nationals and US Citizens who share a deep appreciation for the special relationship shared between our two nations. We are certain that you must share our deep distress and concern over the recent rapid and deadly escalation of COVID-19 cases in Nepal. The heroic efforts of so many medical and frontline workers are inspiring, but Nepal is dangerously under-equipped to handle the crisis. The loss of life and economic devastation that is predicted over the coming weeks and months are of a scale that is difficult to imagine.

Nepal now has among the highest viral reproduction rates in the world. In some regions, as many as 90% of tests are returning positive. The Health Ministry has predicted that by July 15  new case numbers could reach 800,000 people – resulting in ten critically ill patients for each available ICU bed. Hospitals are already overwhelmed and soon patients will start dying for lack of basic resources such as oxygen. Nepal is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

We are writing because the United States has the means to dramatically reduce the loss of life and suffering that awaits Nepal in the coming weeks and months. The recent announcement of $8.5 million in funding for PPE and other equipment is welcome, however, this alone is unlikely to head off this crisis. Nepal urgently needs COVID vaccines in order to make a meaningful impact. With only 4% of the population having received at least one dose and with India deep in crisis, it is unlikely that Nepal will receive more vaccines from what was previously its primary source. We, therefore, request that the United States government immediately release at least 12 million doses of vaccine to the Government of Nepal to assist it in protecting the population. America’s timely action will save hundreds of thousands of people from unnecessary suffering and death, and reduce the long-term impacts of poverty and lost development.

Our two nations have shared a long history of mutual cooperation in public health that goes back over half a century. By ensuring timely delivery of vaccines for Nepal you will be adding an important chapter to that history.

Yours sincerely,

Asha Magrati

Writer/Actor, New York


Carroll Dunham

Founder, Wild Earth, LLC


Deepak Rauniyar

Writer/Filmmaker, New York


Dr. Alexander Avramov

Associate Researcher, Emory University


Dr. Arnico Panday

CEO, Ullens Education Foundation


Dr. Dhiraj Gurung

Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (Recipient of Kirti Maya Rastradeep award for management of Covid in Karnali region)


Dr. Rita Thapa 

(Public Health) Public Health Physician


Dr. Sameer Dixit

Director of Research, The Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal


Indra Bahadur Gurung

Chairperson, Nepal Indigenous Nationalities, President World League for Freedom and Democracy, Nepal Chapter


Joanne Katz

Sc.D, Professor, Global Disease and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Kanak Dixit

Writer and Editor


Kunda Dixit

Editor, Nepali Times


Manisha Koirala


Mohna Ansari

Former Commissioner and Spokesperson, National Human Rights Commission Nepal


Pradip Pariyar

Executive Chairperson, Samata Foundation


Ramyata Limbu

Filmmaker, KIMFF Director


Ruma Rajbhandari

Assistant Professor Of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Sarita Pariyar



Shubha Kayastha

Body & Data


Sumnima Udas

Founder, Lumbini Museum Initiative; Former CNN International Correspondent


Yozana Magar


Ashutosh Tiwari

Founder, SAFAL Partners


Charles Gay

Peace Corps Nepal 1969-70


Dr David Schlim

Past President, International Society of Travel Medicine


Dr. Arjun Karki

Pulmonologist, Founding Vice Chancellor, Patan Academy of Health Sciences


Dr. Barbara Butterworth



Dr. Digbijay Mahat

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Dr. Rohit Ranjitkar

Country Director, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust


Dr. Sanduk Ruit

Founder, Tilganga Eye Hospital


J. Gabriel Campbell

Ph.D, Retired Director General of ICIMOD


Kabita Rai



Kesang Tseten



Lynn Bennett

Ph.D. MBE, Retired Lead Anthropologist, World Bank Nepal


Meghan Tierney Nalbo

Director, Asia Foundation


Pamela Ross

U. of Wisconsin College Year in Nepal, 1990-2000


Pranika Koyu

Human rights activist, writer


Renan Ozturk



Rushil Shakya

Technologist, Educator


Shankar Sharma

Former Ambassador of Nepal to the United States


Steve LeClerq

Nepal Country Director, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department


Swarnim Wagle

Chief Adviser to UN Undersecretary General, Asia Pacific




Bhekh Bahadur Thapa

Former Ambassador of Nepal to the United States


Conrad Anker

Climber, The North Face


Dr Peter Hackett

Former Medical Director, Himalayan Rescue Association


Dr. Arjun Karki

Former Ambassador of Nepal to the United States


Dr. Bhagwan Koirala, MD FACC

Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Social Worker


Dr. Lhamo Y Sherpa

SrR Research Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, IPAS Nepal


Dr. Sabin Ninglekhu



James M. Tielsch

Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health, George Washington University


Kai Bird

Pulitzer-Prize winning Author


Kul Chandra Gautam

Former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Former Deputy ED of UNICEF


Maggie Doyne

CEO, BlinkNow Foundation


Mike Gill



Parul Christian

DrPH, MSc, Professor, Director & Associate Chair, Johns Hopkins University


Prof. Eri Saikawa

Associate Professor, Emory University


Rita Baramu



Sapana Sanjeevani



Shripa Pradhan



Sujeev Shakya

CEO, Beed Management & Chairman, Nepal Economic Forum


Tom Kelly



Tsering Rhitar Sherpa





On Behalf of the CoVID Alliance For Nepal (CAN)

Alisha Singh       

Business Development Manager


Ishan Adhikari, MD MS-HCM       

Clinical Associate Professor; Chairman: Global Nepali Health & Research Center


Kabita Parajuli       



Mamta Gurung Nyangmi 

Strategy and Development Consultant    


Prabhat Adhikari, MD

Infectious Diseases & Critical Care specialist


Sakar Pudasaini       

Founder, Karkhana

Ben Ayers       

National Geographic Explorer


Janak Raj Sapkota        



Kashish Das Shrestha   

National Geographic Explorer


Monika Shrestha       

Co-Founder and Consultant at Higher Ground Nepal Pvt Ltd


Raj Gyawali       

Founder – socialtours


Subina Shrestha       

Filmmaker/ Journalist

Garima Khakurel       

Software Engineer; US Embassy Youth Council Nepal Member 2018-19


Kabin Maleku       



Luna Ranjit       

Writer, Researcher


Nicole Thakuri Wick       



Ramu Kharel, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine Specialist


Sumana Shrestha       

Founder, Kosi Collaborative