Russia ready to provide Mongolia with coronavirus vaccine if trials prove successful

2020-09-01 16:38:44

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Health T.Munkhsaikhan met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Mongolia I.K.Azizov to exchange views on cooperation between the two countries in healthcare sector.

Ambassador I.K.Azizov congratulated Minister T.Munkhsaikhan on his appointment and briefly outlined the Covid-19 situation in Russia, while informing the Health Minister of the efforts and initiatives that have been jointly undertaken by the two sides in healthcare.

He said less than 5,000 cases were recorded in Russia per day over the last 9 days and that the number of new cases has been relatively low in its territories bordering Mongolia and high in Moscow. The Russian side also voiced its readiness to provide Mongolia with 'Sputnik V' coronavirus vaccine if it proves to be a success in trials.

Ambassador I.K.Azizov invited Mongolian healthcare professionals to participate in maternal and child health training sessions at Russian research institutions between this October and December and commended the effectiveness of the Mongolian government’s Covid-19 efforts.

Minister T.Munkhsaikhan concurred with the Ambassador that bilateral relations and cooperation in healthcare have been expanding and noted that the regular participation of Mongolian healthcare workers in the theoretical and practical training sessions held at research institutions in Moscow and Saint Petersburg greatly contributes to the improvement of maternal and child healthcare services in Mongolia.

The Minister thanked the Russian side for providing rapid tests amid the pandemic for hospital pandemic preparedness and infection prevention and informed that the government is now taking precautions to further prevent local transmissions and cope with a local outbreak with least damage possible should any occur and to be fully prepared for seasonal flu.

Moreover, at the meeting, the sides discussed at length the above-mentioned matters and other joint efforts and Minister T.Munkhsaikhan spoke of his plans for the sector.