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 […]

Myanmar COVID-19 Vaccination Expected from April

Myanmar plans to start providing COVID-19 vaccines to about 20 percent of its 54.4 million population in April under the global Covax affordable medicines program, according to health minister Dr. Myint Htwe. Myanmar on Dec. 7 submitted its request to the Covax program at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines […]

Myanmar stops sending workers abroad

The government has directed all overseas employment agencies to stop processing applications for people seeking to work abroad starting on Wednesday, said the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation. U Sai Sithu, head of information at the federation, said the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued the directive on Tuesday as part of the effort […]

Two test positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar, the country first cases

Update: Two Myanmar men have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country: a 26-year-old Myanmar citizen who had returned from the UK and a 36-year-old US green card holder who returned from the US, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS). The results from the Myanmar National Health Laboratory were […]

UK Embassy Tells Citizens to Leave Myanmar Amid Coronavirus Concerns

YANGON—The UK Embassy in Yangon announced Tuesday that all British nationals in Myanmar are advised to leave the country if possible, due to the potential pressures on medical facilities from COVID-19 and the risk that flights departing the country will be cancelled. As of Wednesday afternoon, Myanmar has not yet seen a single confirmed case […]

Myanmar Orders Quarantine, Monitoring for Arrivals from Countries Hit by Coronavirus

YANGON—The Myanmar government has ordered mandatory quarantines or surveillance for travelers arriving from eight countries that have been hit badly by the COVID-19 outbreak, as a precautionary measurement to limit the risk of spreading the disease within Myanmar. Travelers are also required to present medical certificates stating they have no symptoms of acute respiratory illness. […]

Myanmar Suspends Visas-on-Arrival for Chinese Travelers Over Coronavirus

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended visas-on-arrival for Chinese travelers to Myanmar as of Saturday, following the World Health Organization (WHO)’s declaration on Thursday that the outbreak of a novel coronavirus has become a global health emergency. Citing the alarming rate of virus transmission and public health concerns, the ministry said it has decided […]

DCA instructs domestic and international airlines to refuse sick passengers

Department for Civil Aviation (DCA) has instructed domestic and international airlines to refuse passengers with high fever to board the planes flying from airports in China to Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports, sources said. The department is cooperating with respective health departments in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports to […]

Aggressive marketing of baby milk poses health risk: report

Aggressive marketing by multinational manufacturers of baby formula hamper efforts to promote breastfeeding, which could be detrimental to babies’ health, according to a report by an international non-profit organisation promoting children’s rights. The Save the Children report, entitled “Don’t Push It,” noted the aggressive marketing strategies of six global companies that hold more than 50 […]

Guiding Drug Law Reform in Myanmar

A draft bill amending Myanmar 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law was published in newspapers in March 2017 for public consultation. It was subsequently discussed in the upper house of Parliament (Amyothar Hluttaw) on 16 August 2017. The draft bill introduces important changes to Myanmar drug law. Most significantly, it intends to place public […]