Myanmar plans to start providing COVID-19 vaccines to about 20 percent of its 54.4 million population in April under the global Covax affordable medicines program, according to health minister Dr. Myint Htwe.
Myanmar on Dec. 7 submitted its request to the Covax program at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, an international alliance to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach the world’s poor.
It outlined its step-by-step plans for vaccine storage and distribution, priority groups, co-financing and the prioritized list of vaccines. It is not yet known which vaccine the country will receive.
According to Dr. Myint Htwe, the country is looking at a vaccination period from April 2021 to June 2022.