Myanmar’s military ruler has disclosed that Russia will deliver two million doses of coronavirus vaccine from this month, as the Southeast Asian country has reported a high increase in the record of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
General Min Aung Hlaing, the coup leader who disrupted the Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, said the virus was spreading fast in Myanmar and that senior Russian defence officials had told him help with vaccines was on the way.
While speaking to journalists of the army-owned Myawaddy television, the general said “I told them that I want two million and they will give,”
Just yesterday, Myanmar reported 4,320 cases, a record for a second successive day, and 63 deaths.
The country is in the middle of its most serious wave of infections, efforts to manage and curtail the outbreak have been hampered by nationwide political chaos in the wake of the military’s power grab.
Asides from the rise in cases of free citizens, there have also been reports of a COVID outbreak inside its prisons, including at the notorious Insein, where at least 40 prisoners have reportedly tested positive on Thursday.
Health experts have raised genuine fears that Myanmar’s real rate of infection is likely to be far higher, given a collapse in testing since the coup and health workers joining strikes in protest.