He said the military carefully considered the effects of its actions and tried to take them in line with the country’s laws. He said the declaration of a state of emergency was necessary “to maintain and protect the dignity of the country and the people” before handing over the government to the next duly elected officials. Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing said that the Tatmadaw was working for the stabilisation of the country. He vowed to find out the truth behind the military’s allegations of irregularities in the voters list and will do so in cooperation with a soon-to-be-appointed Union Election Commission. He said the military had carefully checked the voters list and its findings would be reviewed according to the law by a third party. Among the leaders of the ousted ruling party, the National League for Democracy, who had been arrested were President U Win Myint, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 14 chief ministers of regions and states, the chair of the Nay … [Read more...] about Myanmar military chief says takeover inevitable
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Their faces were obviously worried about this historic day in Myanmar. At around 7am a group of medical staff wearing PPE suits waited to greet them inside the hospital.As the doctors and nurses entered, the PPE-wearing security guards checked everyone’s temperatures and waved each of them in. “This is going to be a historical day for the hospital, and for ourselves, as we administer the first vaccinations in Yangon,” said Dr Tun Myint, Deputy Director General of the region's Public Health Department. The first injection of Yangon wasn't randomly selected, but chosen according to the booking list. Of average weight and height 57-year-old head nurse Daw Thet Thet Thein rolled up her sleeves, and awaited the doctor’s instructions. She received Yangon’s first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Before receiving the shot Daw Thet Thet Thein had her oxygen levels and blood pressure checked. She looked nervous as Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and regional minister for … [Read more...] about Yangon’s COVID-19 vaccination warriors
So what is “there”? “There” is us. The existence of the vaccine doesn’t mean we will have immediate access to it. The Myanmar government needs to carry out an unprecedented logistical exercise for the vaccination effort to succeed. The vaccines need to stay cold. Depending on the type of vaccine, cold means between -70 Celsius and -20C. Once the cold chain is broken, the vaccine's lifespan is reduced to a couple of weeks as long as it can be kept at temperatures lower than 10C. Unfortunately for people in tropical areas, coldness is almost an exotic concept, and to achieve it, we need energy, lots of energy. Due to the state of Myanmar’s electricity grid, there are unexpected blackouts, even in Yangon and Mandalay. Without stable electricity, any warehouse intended to keep low temperatures will require a robust alternative power source, usually diesel generators. Otherwise, the things in cold storage will begin to feel the heat. These facilities are expensive and … [Read more...] about Vaccine: Are we there yet?
These were just some of the concerns Facebook users had last week, before wide-spread protests against the military takeover completely dominated the news. Myanmar received 1.54 million doses of India's Covidshield vaccine on January 22. The country's first vaccination was given to Daw Aye Mu Mu Ko, a senior nurse in Nay Pyi Taw’s 1000-bed public hospital. The vaccines were developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Under the first shipment Myanmar has enough vaccinations to inoculate 750,000 people, with more than 50 doctors and nurses already having receiving shots last week. Before the military takeover, the civilian government had planned rollout its vaccination program on February 5. Officials at the Ministry of Health and Sports say that despite political developments, the Ministry of Health and Sports is still planning to continue vaccinations. A second batch of 2 million vaccines were scheduled to arrive in the second week … [Read more...] about Vaccine worries during the protests