Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine, her lawyer said Tuesday, news agency AFP reported. Ousted in a military coup in February this year, Suu Kyi has largely been unseen in public other than during her court appearances in Naypyidaw, her only link to the outside world.
"All persons in Amay's house including Amay were vaccinated," her lawyer Min Min Soe said, using an honorific for Suu Kyi, after the latest hearing in her trial for sedition.
The lawyer, however, didn't give details on when the leader was vaccinated. Suu Kyi is believed to have received her first vaccine dose before her government was deposed.
Around 10 people are believed to be living with the 76-year-old Nobel laureate in the house she is being held in, including personal guards and cooks.
Meanwhile, Myanmar is witnessing a massive virus surge, with almost 3,000 COVID-19 cases recorded on Monday, up from around 100 per day in early June. The country of 54 million people received 1.5 million doses from India and 500,000 from China earlier this year and is rushing to secure more doses.
Suu Kyi was "really worrying about COVID," in Myanmar, her lawyer said Tuesday.
"She asked people to get vaccinated if possible. She asked we take care of each other and to follow restrictions and notifications," Min Min Soe said.
The country's response to the pandemic has been hampered by mass protests against the military that saw the participation of thousands of doctors, volunteers and civil servants.
Suu Kyi's legal team on Tuesday cross-examined prosecution witnesses in a sedition case against her. Those accused in the case also include former president Win Myint and senior leader from her National League for Democracy party, Myo Aung.
The court also heard testimony on separate charges that the Myanmar leader broke COVID-19 restrictions last year during the national elections that saw his party registering a thumping victory.