Vaccination drive begins


Job safety: A health worker being vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Ayeyarwady Covid Centre in Yangon. — AFP

THE government launched a Covid-19 vaccination programme with healthcare staff and volunteer medical workers the first to receive shots of the AstraZeneca and Oxford University vaccine donated by neighbouring India.

The South-East Asian country managed to contain the number of Covid-19 cases early in the pandemic, but is now fighting a second wave, recording more than 138,000 cases and 3,082 deaths.

Last week, Myanmar received 1.5 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, amid a diplomatic drive by New Dehli to supply neighbouring countries.

“This should create a situation to reduce the rate of infection, so it is such a relief for healthcare workers, ” Tun Myint, a health ministry official overseeing vaccinations at the Yangon General Hospital, said. — Reuters

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