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Mongolia to launch nationwide COVID-19 vaccination

22 Feb 2021, 18:05 GMT+10

ULAN BATOR, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia will launch a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday, with frontline workers in health and security sectors receiving the first jabs, said Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan.

Amarsaikhan, also head of State Emergency Commission, made the announcement early Monday while attending the handover ceremony of 150,000 doses of the Covishield, a vaccine co-developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and produced by the Serum Institute of India.

Meanwhile, 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharma company Sinovac are set to arrive on Monday night, said Health Minister Sereejav Enkhbold.

Enkhbold said that Mongolia is expected to acquire four types of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Asian country planned to vaccinate at least 3.3 million people, or 60 percent of its population, and 20 percent of them will be covered by COVAX, a global initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Monday, the country has registered a total of 2,693 COVID-19 cases, with six deaths.

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