Cuba to Deliver 10 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Vietnam

Cuba will provide Vietnam with 10 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from now until the end of 2021, President Miguel Díaz-Canel told Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during phone talks on August 23 evening.
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State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other Vietnamese officials during phone talks with the Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel from Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other Vietnamese officials during phone talks with the Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel from Hanoi. (Photo: VNA)

In the evening of August 23, Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a phone conversation with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel. The two leaders affirmed the unshakable solidarity between Vietnam and Cuba, the spirit of readiness to support and assist each other in any circumstances, and agreed to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences in the process of building socialism in both countries.

The First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, affirmed that Cuba attaches great importance to vaccine cooperation with Vietnam.

Cuba is making efforts to soon supply COVID-19 vaccines and is ready to send its experts to transfer vaccine production technology to Vietnam, he told Phuc.

Díaz-Canel once again thanked the Party, State and people of Vietnam for donating rice to help Cuba overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which he said demonstrates the noble gesture and tradition of the special relations between the two countries.

He affirmed that the Cuban Party and Government will actively direct relevant ministries and branches to continue implementing measures to further consolidate and develop the fraternal solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

Vaccine Abdala của Cuba. Ảnh: GEBC
Cuba's Abdala Vaccine. Photo: GEBC

For his part, President Phuc highly appreciated Cuba’s experience in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the results of discussions between the two sides in supplying and transferring Cuba’s Abdala vaccine production technology to Vietnam, noting such effective cooperation will vividly demonstrate the special solidarity between the two countries in the current situation, according to the VOV.

He proposed that leaders of the two countries continue to direct ministries and sectors to overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and implement measures to strengthen and develop cooperation in all fields, including effectively implementing cooperation mechanisms and Cuban food production programmes, in order to maintain bilateral trade and investment relations.

Both presidents reiterated the two countries’ unshakable solidarity and the spirit of mutual assistance in any circumstances, and agreed to strengthen cooperation and exchange of experiences in the process of building socialism in their countries.

Cuba to Deliver 10 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Vietnam

They expressed pleasure at the positive development of the relationship between Vietnam and Cuba despite the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the two sides have regularly maintained political dialogue at the highest level, including important phone calls between Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and first Secretary Miguel Díaz-Canel and on May 5 and July 27.

The two leaders agreed that Vietnam and Cuba will continue to maintain close coordination and mutual support at international organizations and multilateral forums.

President Phuc reiterated Vietnam’s consistent stance of strongly supporting resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to call for an end to the blockade and embargo against Cuba.

First Secretary, President Miguel Díaz-Canel also said that, together with the early supply of 10 million doses of Abdala vaccine to Vietnam from now until the end of 2021, Cuba is ready to immediately send experts to Vietnam for directly transferring this vaccine production technology.

The Abdala vaccine is currently effective against the new strain of corona virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic to over 92%, equivalent to popular vaccines in the world today. The two leaders also agreed that the two parties and countries would continue to strengthen cooperation and exchange experiences in the process of building and defending socialist strongholds in both countries.

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