The Government of Mongolia has received the first doses of Vaccine from India today.
At the January meeting of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Affairs, the “COVID-19 Prevention, Response and Preparedness Project in Mongolia” was introduced. The Project was agreed to finance by a $ 50.7 million soft loan from the World Bank’s International Development Association.
The project will comprehensively expand and strengthen cold-chain equipment and infrastructure, including the purchase, transportation, storage, safety, distribution and monitoring of vaccines sufficient to cover up to 60 percent of the population.
Within the framework of this project, The Government of Mongolia has received the first 150,000 doses of vaccine, Covishield AstraZeneca Vaccine, from India today, February 22, in the ceremony at Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport Mongolia.
In the first instance, the Government of Mongolia plans to vaccinate 75,000 employees of health care, emergency services, and the police, as well as the elderly and people with chronic diseases, who work in high-risk conditions as the vaccine is supposed to be administered twice.
Vaccination will start tomorrow, February 23, 2021, with the abolition of the Universal Readiness Order.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially announced the registration of the AstraZeneka vaccine on February 15, 2021. On January 29, 2021, the European Commission officially approved the recommendation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the rapid introduction of the vaccine AstraZeneka.
AstraZeneca is 90 or 62 percent effective, depending on the initial dose, and has been shown to be immune to an average of 70 percent. As of today, 42 countries have started using the vaccine.
Furthermore, Mr.Ts.Ganzorig, Press Secretary of the Cabinet Secretariat confirmed that Mongolia will receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group Corp, known as Sinopharm, on the evening of February 22.
“As China’s Sinopharm vaccine is among the COVID-19 vaccines awaiting approval for emergency use by the World Health Organization, Mongolia will hold the Sinopharm vaccines in reserve once they arrive, making sure they are prepared to roll out and start vaccinating its population with them after WHO’s approval,” highlighted the government press secretary.
According to him, Mongolia has also prepared cold chain facilities and other required infrastructure to receive COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer vaccines.
In addition, Mongolia is included in the distribution forecast for countries to be allocated COVID-19 vaccines in the first quarter of 2021 through the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility and is expected to receive a total of 188,000 doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.