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Ulan Bator, Feb 16 : Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene on Tuesday said he will become the first person in the country to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

"Our country will begin to bring vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use starting today under careful inspections by professional organisations," Oyun-Erdene said at a meeting with officials to check the preparations underway for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Mongolia, Xinhua news agency reported.

"As the country's Prime Minister, I will become the first person vaccinated in the country against the Covid-19 to encourage citizens to accept inoculation." Mongolia is expected to launch a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign next week, according to the health ministry.

The Asian country is planning to vaccinate at least 60 per cent of its 3.3 million population against Covid-19, and 20 per cent of them will be vaccinated under COVAX, a global initiative to ensure quick and equal access to vaccines against the virus, the ministry said.

As of Tuesday, the country has registered a total of 2,416 Covid-19 cases, with four deaths.

More than half of the confirmed cases were detected in the capital city Ulan Bator, which is home to over half of the country's total population.

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