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Myanmar starts administering locally produced Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines

YANGON (XINHUA) – Myanmar has begun administering locally filled-and-packed doses of China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines, locally known as the Myancopharm vaccines, according to the Ministry of Health.

“The inoculation of Myancopharm Covid-19 vaccines has begun not only in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon but also in other regions and states,” a director from the Ministry of Health Than Naing Soe told Xinhua on Thursday.

Union Minister for Health Thet Khaing Win observed the administering of Myancopharm Covid-19 vaccines in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Industry, in collaboration with China National Biotec Group (CNBG), affiliated with Sinopharm, domestically packed and produced the Myancopharm Covid-19  vaccines.

The Health Ministry said it received a total of one million doses of the Myancopharm Covid-19 vaccine from the Ministry of Industry on April 29 and 30, and administered the vaccine doses to targetted groups of people.

According to the ministry’s figures, over 23.47 million people in the Southeast Asian country have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of April 30.

The death toll from Covid-19 stands currently at 19,434, and 591,894 infected people in the country have recovered from the coronavirus disease, the ministry’s data showed.