The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in Vietnam on a Korean Air flight that landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 11:00 am on Wednesday.
The vaccine shipment of 117,600 shots, part of an order of 204,000 doses approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, was developed and produced by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University in the UK.
According to Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC), which is the importer, the AstraZeneca vaccine provides a high immune response from 62 percent to 90 percent.
Study results showed that 100 percent of the vaccinated people had an immune response to COVID-19 without any serious complications.
VNVC confirmed that it will carry out vaccinations in its whole system immediately after completing the necessary procedures as required.
“We expect the price of COVID-19 vaccine to be very favorable for many people to have a chance to get inoculated early during the pandemic,” said Vu Thi Thu Ha, VNVC's supply chain director.
Meanwhile, four companies in Vietnam are also developing locally-made COVID-19 vaccines.
As of Wednesday morning, Vietnam has documented 2,403 COVID-19 cases, with 1,760 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
A total of 811 domestic infections have been recorded in 13 provinces and cities across the country since January 27.