Monday, October 25, 2021

US sends Pfizer vaccines to Mongolia

The United States is sending nearly 900,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to Mongolia. A White House official told the VOA that he was due to arrive on Wednesday.

“The scientific teams and the legal and regulatory authorities of both countries have worked closely to ensure the speedy delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to Mongolia,” the official said.

The 899,730 doses sent through COVAX, a global vaccine-sharing initiative co-led by Gavi (Vaccine Alliance), WHO (World Health Organization) and CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), are in addition to 188,370 doses. Pfizer’s vaccine was sent to Mongolia in September. The US has also provided more than $4 million to support the country’s pandemic response.

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A low-income country surrounded by vaccine-producing neighbors, China and Russia, Mongolia has been able to acquire millions of vaccine doses, largely through deals with Moscow and Beijing. According to the health ministry, it has given at least 4,383,409 doses of COVID vaccines so far. This is enough for about 68% of the country’s population, assuming that each person receives two doses.

The number of infections is decreasing with an average of 2,230 new cases being reported every day. This is 60% of the peak reported on 6 September.

There have been 312,376 infections and 1,347 coronavirus-related deaths in the country since the pandemic began. COVID-19 is caused by the coronavirus.

FILE – Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun-Erdin Lavsanmaray receives his first dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, on February 23, 2021.

Vaccine inequality

Humanitarian organizations say wealthier countries still need to do more to address global vaccine disparity.

Robbie Silverman, Senior Advocacy Manager at Oxfam Americas, said, “When it comes to vaccine access around the world, you have 80% of the administered dose going to rich countries, while only 0.5% has gone to low-income countries. ” .

The US has been criticized for announcing plans to provide booster shots for certain demographic groups, while many at-risk populations around the world have yet to receive a single shot.

The Biden administration says they can help vaccinate the world at the same time they protect Americans.

“As the president has said, America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against COVID-19,” a White House official told VOA on Tuesday.

At the UN General Assembly’s virtual COVID-19 summit on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in September, US President Joe Biden announced an additional donation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to low-income and lower-middle-income countries, bringing the total US pledge . Donations for 1.1 billion shots.

The US is the global leader in both mortgaged and shipped supplements, according to data compiled by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center.

However, as of October 1, the US had supplied only 15% of the 1.1 billion doses it had promised. It is lagging behind other regions with less ambitious charity goals, including China (46%), Japan (30%) and the European Union (25%).

Some information from this report has been received from Reuters.


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