Myanmar general says Russia will supply 2m vaccines

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Moscow

Myanmar’s military ruler said on Friday Russia had agreed to supply two million doses of coronavirus vaccine from this month, as the Southeast Asian country reported another record in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Min Aung Hlaing, who led a Feb. 1 coup against 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.

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

Myanmar reported 4,320 cases on Friday, a record for a second successive day, and 63 deaths.

Min Aung Hlaing last month said he was seeking seven million doses of Russian vaccines.—AP

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