Mongolia to spend USD79.3M on COVID-19 vaccines, says minister

ULAN BATOR (XINHUA) – Mongolia will spend USD79.3 million to vaccinate its people against COVID-19, the country’s Health Ministry said yesterday.

“The Mongolian government approved MNT226 billion for activities related to COVID-19 vaccination, including the purchase, transportation, storage and inoculation,” the country’s Health Minister Sereejav Enkhbold said.

Mongolia plans to vaccinate at least 60 per cent of its 3.3 million people, or adults in the country, against the coronavirus within 2021, with 20 per cent of them to be vaccinated under COVAX, a global initiative to ensure quick and equal access to vaccines against the virus, according to the minister.

The Asian country is expected to launch a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign early next week.

So far, the country recorded 2,586 COVID-19 cases, with six deaths.

Over 2,100 of the confirmed cases were locally transmitted, and over 1,700 of them were detected in the country’s capital Ulan Bator, home to over half of the country’s total population.