40% of Myanmar’s population to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021

Myanmar plans to vaccinate 40% of its population against COVID-19 in 2021, said Dr. Khin Khin Gyi, director of the Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication Division under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Myanmar has received 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from India as per an earlier agreement. This translates to vaccination for approximately 750,000 people or roughly 20 pc of the country’s population. Each dose of the vaccine costs $5. India’s Covishield vaccine touched down in Yangon on January 22. It is manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. The vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus found in Chimpanzees. It has been modified to resemble the coronavirus and will not lead to illness.

When administered, the vaccine will prompt an individual’s immune system to start making antibodies, preparing the body to defend itself against COVID-19. The country also expects to receive vaccines under the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) program that will inoculate another 20 pc of Myanmar’s
population. According to the COVAX program, the vaccines will be distributed to 92 eligible countries within 100 days. Respective recipients are expected to receive their vaccines by April 2021. The WHO has allocated enough vaccines to inoculate 10.8 million people worldwide.

Russia and China are also expected to deliver vaccines to Myanmar. China has pledged to donate 300,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the country. “We plan to inoculate people from nearby places within 24 hours and people from far places within days,” said Dr. Khin Khin Gyi.

More than 110,000 health workers and volunteers will be vaccinated as part of the initial phase. This will be followed by key government officials and the elderly over the age of 65. Those from Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Ayeyarwady Region, and Mon State, where the infection rate is high, will be prioritized for vaccination. They will receive their injections at the assembly points said the director. According to the WHO, a country is said to be vaccinated against a certain disease when they have successfully inoculated 70 pc of their population. – Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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