Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia and UN Resident Coordinator exchanged views on Integrated Coordination Group for COVID-19 response
- Ulaanbaatar – Deputy Prime Minister S. Amarsaikhan received UN Resident Coordinator Tapan Mishra and discussed COVID-19 response measures including intensifying efforts of the Integrated Coordination Group (ICG) for COVID-19 response.
The ICG is intended to be a cross-sectoral platform where all stakeholders with the leadership of the Government, along with key Development Partners and the humanitarian organizations can discuss potential cooperation in Covid-19 responses impacts on health, humanitarian, and socio-economic needs and gaps.
Tapan Mishra congratulated the Government of Mongolia for successfully rolling out the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign and for kindly offering the vaccines to foreign nationals in Mongolia. To date, Mongolia has vaccinated 80 per cent of all population aged above 18 years old.
He also raised his concerns over the increasing community transmission that has been once decreasing steadily and reiterated the importance of keeping the precautionary safety measures even after the successful vaccination programme. UN Resident Coordinator also highlighted the importance of implementing COVID-19 cautionary measures during the presidential election campaign.
Deputy Prime Minister also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the UN and its agencies for their continued support to Mongolia in managing and containing the pandemic outbreak.
He also expressed concerns about the non-vaccinated population including the youth aged between 12-17 years old children is now considered as high-risk groups. The Government has now more choices of vaccines to offer to the youth and non-vaccinated population.
At the meeting, the parties agreed to hand over the management and regular updates of the comprehensive website covidmongolia.mn, initiated by the UN in Mongolia, that provides timely information and monitoring on the COVID-19 situation and its socio-economic impact on people and businesses to the Government of Mongolia and agreed to strengthen the efforts to provide real-time and accurate information about the pandemic and its toll to the public.
Both parties also agreed to enhance the efforts of the ICG, which is to consist of representatives of the international communities, embassies and development partners that aim to provide strategic and collective support to the Government in the COVID-19 pandemic management.