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COVID vaccines

Mongolia resumes vaccinations as worst outbreak rolls on

Free from COVID in 2020, nation of 2m grapples with a sudden surge

Older Mongolians lined up outside health centers on Thursday hoping to get their second shot of COVID vaccine, but the public vaccination program only resumed Friday. (Photo by Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir)

ULAANBAATAR -- Mongolia on Friday resumed its public COVID vaccination drive, two weeks after suspending the effort to keep people from gathering at health centers amid the country's worst outbreak and a shortfall in supplies.

The country is being hit with over 1,000 new cases a day, up from about 100 in mid-March. As of Thursday, Mongolia had recorded 26,692 total infections and 68 deaths, 44 of which came after April 10, when the capital went into lockdown.

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