On January 26, the parliamentary standing committee on economy discussed an additional financing agreement between Mongolia and the International Development Association (IDA) for COVID-19 prevention, response and preparedness project in Mongolia. The draft agreement was submitted by the cabinet on January 21, 2021.
Acting Minister of Finance Ch.Khurelbaatar introduced that Mongolia is arranging all necessary preparations to import vaccines against COVID-19. “Coronavirus vaccination campaign or a national plan on receiving and distribution of vaccines against COVID-19 and immunization activities has been agreed to be carried out using USD 50.7 million soft loan from the IDA, a member of the World Bank Group.”
It was informed by the Minister that USD 19 million from the IDA financing will be spent for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, USD 13 million for cold chain equipment upgrade, USD 7 million for training and capacity building of healthcare workers, USD 1.5 million for coronavirus vaccine-related infrastructure development.
“Up to 60 percent of the population will be vaccinated within the framework of the vaccination campaign and a complex set of actions will be taken from procurement to transportation, cold chain storage, delivery infrastructure and distribution” said the Finance Minister. “More than 8,000 healthcare workers will be trained and prepared for the vaccination campaign.”
According to Khurelbaatar, who chairs the working group established by the government in charge of COVID-19 vaccine procurement, preparations have been completed so that Mongolia is ready to receive 1 million 847 thousand doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, 2 million 358 thousand doses of Moderna vaccines and 2 million 516 thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in the first place.
The financing agreement will further be discussed at relevant parliamentary standing committees and plenary meeting.
Ulaanbaatar /27 January 2021/