More Than 600,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines Doses Arrive In Vietnam

AstraZeneca has delivered an additional 659,900 Covid-19 vaccines doses to Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile, the British and Czech governments have also promised to donate vaccines for Vietnam.
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More Than 600,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines Doses Arrive In Vietnam
A total of 659,000 Covid-19 vaccines were delivered to HCM City on Thursday morning, AstraZeneca has delivered nearly 3.8 million doses out of 30 million doses ordered by Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company with support from the Ministry of Health. (Photo: AP)

This is the sixth shipment of a deal for 30 million doses signed between AstraZeneca Vietnam and the Việt Nam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) with support from the Ministry of Health. After the first shipment in February, nearly 3.8 million doses have been delivered. This accounts for 41 percent of the AstraZeneca vaccine volume Vietnam has received, with the remainder coming from the COVAX Facility or donated by other countries, according to Vietnam News.

Nguyen Nam Lien, Head of the Planning and Finance Department under the Health Ministry said that during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam, vaccines played an important role in prevention and control of the spread of the virus.

Vietnam was thankful and appreciated the efforts of AstraZeneca, VNVC, and other parties to increase the speed of vaccine supply to Vietnam, he said.

This month, four shipments of AstraZeneca vaccines were received by Vietnam. The fifth shipment on July 23 was the largest with 1,228,500 doses. AstraZeneca was the first vaccine to receive authorization for emergency use in Vietnam.

659,900 More AstraZeneca Vaccines Doses Arrive In Ho Chi Minh City
UK First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs Dominic Raab and Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son greet with elbow bumps as the two held talks in Hanoi in June. (Photo: Vietnamnews)

The British Government on Wednesday announced an aid of 415 thousand doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On Monday, the Czech Government announced an aid of 250 thousand doses of vaccine to Vietnam.

These are very timely and valuable support from other countries for the Government and people of Vietnam in the context that Vietnam is concentrating resources on Covid-19 prevention and control, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VOV5 reported.

The decisions demonstrate the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic and the strategic partnership between Vietnam and the UK. This also reflects outcomes of the vaccine diplomacy implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and related agencies of Vietnam under the direction of the senior leaders.

Vietnam has so far received about 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with 10,994,600 from donations and nearly 3.8 million doses from purchase orders.

Of the donated vaccines, 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca were from the COVAX Facility, 5 million were Moderna vaccines from the US, 500,000 were Sinopharm from China, 2,000 were Sputnik-V from Russia, and 3 million AstraZeneca doses came from Japan.

5,321,839 doses have been administered in Vietnam to date, with 496,630 people having received the full two doses.

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