Covid-19 vaccinations begin in Myanmar’s major cities

Healthcare workers and volunteers in Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw started receiving Covid-19 vaccines on January 27.

Among them are workers and volunteers at the Ayeyarwady Centre, a temporary facility set up on the grounds of Yangon’s Thuwanna stadium late last year to treat Covid-19 patients.

Healthcare workers in Myanmar’s three largest urban centres have been designated a priority group for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Myint Htwe, the minister for health and sports, visited a 1,000-bed hospital in Naypyitaw to observe the vaccinations.

Myanmar signed an agreement with Serum Institute of India, the producer of the Covishield vaccine, to enable it to buy vaccines directly from India.

The first batch of more than 1.5m doses of the Covishield vaccine arrived from India on January 22.

Photos: Sai Zaw, Nyan Hlaing Linn, Yan Moe Naing

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