Mongolia to receive 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by March 15

2021-03-05 08:02:05

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On March 4, an interim committee responsible for monthly open hearing and discussion on and overseeing the implementation of the law on COVID-19 prevention and combat and reducing its negative socio-economic impact convened for a regular meeting at the State House. 

Minister of Health S.Enkhbold during the meeting delivered a presentation on the nation’s vaccination drive against COVID-19, which was launched on February 23, 2021. 

Mongolia has planned to vaccinate 60 percent of its population or around 1.9 million people above the age of 18 within its vaccination campaign, a total of 470,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines, including 150,000 doses of AstraZeneca from India, 300,000 doses of Sinopharm from China and 20,000 doses of Sputnik V from Russia have arrived in Mongolia so far. 

The Health Minister informed it was agreed that Mongolia to receive another 112,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under COVAX mechanism - a multilateral initiative aimed at accelerating the development and manufacturing of the coronavirus vaccines and guaranteeing fair and equitable access for every country in the world, until June 2021.

Out of them, 14,400 doses will arrive in Mongolia within March 15. In addition, talks are underway within the collaboration between the Mongolian government and the COVAX Facility to get 25,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine. 

According to him, Russia has also pledged to provide more Sputnik V vaccine as assistance and the government is also studying to purchase 200,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine by early-May and also buy 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine within April this year.