Myanmar Ethnic Groups Step in for COVID Response

Ethnic armed groups in Myanmar have taken action to vaccinate residents in the areas they govern with the help of humanitarian organizations from China. 

The Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and other ethnic armed groups have initiated their own Covid-19 response with the help of humanitarian Red Cross Society of China, Al Jazeera reported. 

The humanitarian group has assisted in supplying vaccines from Sinovac Biotech to immunize around 20,000 residents amidst unrest in the country. 

The KIO’s response has tested more than 10,000 residents with 600 tests administered daily.

The KIO and the Karen National Union (KNU) told Al Jazeera that Covid-19 efforts were being maintained despite intensified clashes with the military. 

Meanwhile, the KNU has set up a Pandemic Emergency Response Team in the districts it governs since last year.

Myanmar has been struggling with its pandemic response as medical workers participating in the Civil Disobedience Movement become targets by authorities with many hospitals shut down. 

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