Mongolia to launch nationwide COVID-19 vaccination

ULAN BATOR, MONGOLIA (XINHUA) – Mongolia will launch a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign today, with frontline workers in health and security sectors receiving the first jabs, said Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan.

Amarsaikhan, also Head of State Emergency Commission, made the announcement yesterday while attending the handover ceremony of 150,000 doses of the Covishield, a vaccine co-developed by the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and produced by the Serum Institute of India.

Health Minister Sereejav Enkhbold said that Mongolia is expected to acquire four types of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Asian country plans to vaccinate at least 3.3 million people, or 60 per cent of its population, and 20 per cent of them will be covered by COVAX, a global initiative for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

As of yesterday, the country has registered a total of 2,693 COVID-19 cases, with six deaths.