Myanmar crisis: Military leader demands 2 million vaccines from Russia amid surge in cases

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General Min Aung Hlaing, 64, seized power of the country on February 1 in a military coup that ousted the democratically elected government. Following this he was appointed as Myanmar’s leader. On Friday, General Hlaing announced two million doses of the Covid vaccine will be sent to Myanmar by Russia to help combat the record number of cases and deaths.

“I told them that I want two million and they will give,” he said on army-owned Myawaddy television.

Russia is one of the few countries that support the military government, which has been condemned globally.

Myanmar has administered at least 3,500,000 doses of Covid vaccines.

This is roughly 3.2 percent of the population.

Myanmar authorities have announced stay-at-home measures in parts of the commercial capital Yangon from Wednesday in an attempt to slow the spread.

From Thursday, a ban on more than one person leaving their house for non-medical reasons took place, affecting around 1.5 million people.

All schools have also been closed by the military regime.

Schools reopened on June 1, however, amid the surge in Covid cases and deaths the regime announced on Thursday that they will be closing once again until July 23.

The country reported 4,320 new Covid cases on Friday – the highest daily cases reported for the second day in a row.

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In comparison, Myanmar recorded less than 50 cases daily in the beginning of May.

Over the past week, the country administered around 5,000 doses of the Covid vaccine each day.

This means, at this pace, it will take a further 2,130 days to vaccinate 10 percent of the population.

The healthcare system in the country struggled under the pressure of the pandemic before the military coup in the beginning of February.

However, since then thousands of medical professionals have joined a mass civil disobedience campaign protesting against the current regime.

 

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