China gives COVID vaccines to over 40 Myanmar truckers in Ruili

By Nyein Nyein
More than 40 Myanmar truck drivers, who are practising driver substitution system in border trade, have been injected coronavirus vaccines by China, said U Min Thein, vice-chair of Muse rice wholesale centre. “Chinese government gave COVID-19 vaccinations in Ruili on 28 December 2020, covering 41 Myanmar truckers. They are preparing to administer the second dose of coronavirus vaccines in three weeks later,” he added.
Last 28 December, 18 drivers from Muse-Kyalgaung border checkpoint and 23 from Kyinsankyawt border are injected the first vaccine dose.
Those truckers under driver substitution system will receive the second dose of coronavirus vaccines after 21 days.
“There are about 50 truck drivers under this substitution system between Myanmar and China border. However, six of 29 are under intoxication and did not receive vaccines at Kyinsankyawt crossing, he said. China’s Ministry of Health notified that vaccinations do not include persons with underlying conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, severe heart conditions, alcohol addiction, regular drug use.
In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the border, China banned border crossing, and shortly after that, about 50 drivers are allowed to pass the border. Those drivers are, however, tested every three days. As a result of this, China included them in the vaccination programme. U Min Thein affirmed that those 41 drivers are recorded as the first Myanmar nationals to receive coronavirus vaccines. The vaccines given to drivers are developed by China, traders said. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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