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Vietnam contributes $500,000 to COVAX Facility

Vietnam contributes $500,000 to COVAX Facility

Friday, July 09, 2021, 16:28 GMT+7
Vietnam contributes $500,000 to COVAX Facility
A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a clinic in Aschaffenburg, Germany, January 15, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam has contributed US$500,000 to the COVAX Facility to join hands with the international community in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference on Thursday.

Vietnam hopes that countries and international organizations will boost the sharing of information, technology, finance, and medical supplies, especially vaccines, to jointly control the pandemic and bring life back to normal, Hang said.

The Southeast Asian country has so far received four types of vaccine, including nearly 5.6 million doses of AstraZeneca via the COVAX scheme, purchase, and donations from Japan; 2,000 doses of Sputnik V donated by the Russian government; 500,000 doses of Vero-Cell by Sinopharm gifted by the Chinese government; and 97,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech through direct purchase.

COVAX has also promised to give priority to Vietnam in its upcoming vaccine allocations, the diplomat claimed.

Two million doses of Moderna’s vaccine provided by the U.S. government through the mechanism, are expected to arrive in Vietnam this week.

Hang added that Vietnam has contributed $500,000 to the COVAX mechanism to help fight the global pandemic.

COVAX is an international partnership created to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines the world over.

Vietnam had documented 25,419 coronavirus cases as of Friday afternoon, with 8,950 recoveries and 105 deaths, according to the health ministry.

The country has recorded 21,943 local infections in 57 provinces and cities since the fourth wave began on April 27.

More than 3.98 million vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since March 8, with over 249,000 people fully vaccinated.

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