Over 11 mln people get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Myanmar

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Healthcare workers carry out Covid vaccination programme.

More than 11 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Myanmar until 19 October, according to the Ministry of Health.
Up to 19 October, there were 4.98 million people, who had received full doses of vaccine and about 7.01 million people, who had received single doses of COVID-19. A total of over 11.22 million have received over 16 million doses in total, Ministry stated.
Ministry elaborated that about 24 million Sinopharm vaccines have been purchased from China. When vaccines will arrive, the ministry will offer vaccines to 12 million people aged between 40 and 64. The target groups are also expanded.
The people involved in the new target groups are 55 years old and above, who are people with disabilities and chronic and non-communicable diseases.
Fifty per cent of the total population is expected to get vaccinated at the end of this year.
Both Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines from China have been approved by the WHO for emergency use.
Since January 2021, the country has been administering vaccinations, using the China-made Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, across the country.
Myanmar has reported a total of 490,008 cases with 18,416 deaths and 442,610 recoveries as of 20 October 2021. — Aye Maung/GNLM

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