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Covid-19 vaccine purchased from India expected to come February


Myanmar has expected to acquire the Covid-19 vaccine purchased from India in February with plans to vaccinate health staff first, said President Office spokesperson Zaw Htay. 

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He was replying to the question of a reporter about the government’s plan to procure Covid-19 vaccines during a press conference held at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on January 8.

A delegation from the Ministry of Health and Sports visited India on December 20 and 21 and signed an agreement on purchase of a Covid-19 vaccine for 30 million people. 

Plans are now underway to remit half of the US$150 million for vaccine purchases. The remittance deadline is February 14. The remaining half must be remitted when the vaccine doses for 10 million people arrive in Myanmar. 

“We have placed our order so we can get the vaccine as early as possible. We have to remit money for the second time when the vaccine for 10 million people arrives. When we remit the first half by February 14, the other side will transport the vaccine to us. We are coordinating with them to make it earliest. We have set a target if we can get it in February. But I am not saying we will surely get in February. We are coordinating so that we can get the vaccine as early as possible,” the spokesperson said. 

The vaccination prioritizes the health workers. There are over 110,000 health staff members nationwide. 

Apart from the effort to get vaccines from India for earlier vaccination, Myanmar is also coordinating with China and participating in the WHO vaccine procurement plan, he added. 

For Covid-19 vaccine purchases from India, 117 people donated Ks1.4 billion from January 6 to 7 while two other persons contributed over US$2.5 million, Zaw Htay said. 

Published : January 10, 2021

By : Eleven Media