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15th March 2021
Update from our team in Ulaanbaatar:
Mongolian Prime Minister L. Oyun-Erdene got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine—‘AstraZeneca’ at the 2nd Central Hospital today, launching the start of the nation’s vaccination program that will enable the country to return to normal life.
Mongolia has readied cold-chain facilities and other required infrastructure to receive vaccines ‘Sputnik-V’, ‘Sinopharm’, ‘AstraZeneca’, and ‘Pfizer’. Within this frame, yesterday Mongolia received 150,000 doses of Made in India, Covishield Astra Zeneca Vaccine, granted by the Government of India, and 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp, known as Sinopharm.
As Mongolia has launched its vaccination against COVID-19 today, about 2 million Mongolians are expected to be inoculated by July. From today, a phased rollout has begun among frontline workers.
The charter flight transporting 300 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine sent as assistance by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport in Ulaanbaatar city yesterday night on February 22.
Ulaanbaatar, 23 February 2021 -- Today marks a major milestone for Mongolia with the administration of its first batch of vaccine to prevent COVID-19, beginning with the frontline health care workers at high risk. The government of Mongolia has received an initial 150000 doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, that has received Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organization (WHO) and approval by Mongolia’s national regulatory authority. Following the arrival of further doses, other priority groups, including older people and those with health issues, which put them at higher risk for severe illness, will be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The government of Mongolia has implemented a number of preventive measures to contain the local epicentres of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus. Following the first imported case reported in March 2020, the country has successfully contained the virus’ spread with no local transmissions until November 2020. When the pandemic spread amongst local communities, the Government has continued its efforts to minimize the pandemic’s impact.
The arrival of the first doses of vaccines brings hope, but other prevention measures must continue. Step-by-step vaccination of 60 per cent of the population will allow citizens, businesses and organizations to return to a normal lifestyle and to this extent, revitalize the economy and thereby provide jobs and increase income.
This time, by imposing the State of All-Out-Readiness in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolians were able to contain the outbreak, limit the spread of the disease, prepare for vaccination roll-out and build the basis for the implementation of the 10 trillion Comprehensive national plan to protect the public health and recover the economy.
Mongolian Government is looking into the possibilities of opening the border by 1st of May, 2021 so that heavy-hit industries such as Travel, Tourism and Hospitality sectors might regain a little bit of consciousness.
As of today, 3833 total cases, 4 deaths, and 15,432 vaccine doses administered.
273,521 confirmed cases, 3,456 deaths, and 22,294 vaccine doses administered.
The border continues to remain closed until further notice.
Information source: World Health Organisation - Kazakhstan