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Vietnam records zero COVID-19 cases, either local or imported, for 1st time in nearly 2 months

Vietnam records zero COVID-19 cases, either local or imported, for 1st time in nearly 2 months

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 22:38 GMT+7
Vietnam records zero COVID-19 cases, either local or imported, for 1st time in nearly 2 months
A medical worker gives an AstraZeneca shot to her colleague at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health reported zero new coronavirus cases, either local or imported, in Vietnam on Sunday, the first time in almost two months.

The country was hit by a new wave of local infections on January 27 after having gone nearly two months without detecting any community-based case.

The health ministry had announced additional transmissions, domestic or imported, every day ever since, including a total of 908 local infections.

The local infections include 724 in Hai Duong Province, 61 in Quang Ninh Province, 36 in Ho Chi Minh City, 35 in Hanoi, 27 in Gia Lai Province, six in Binh Duong Province, five in Bac Ninh Province, four in Hai Phong City, three in Dien Bien Province, two in Hoa Binh Province, two in Hung Yen Province, two in Bac Giang Province, and one in Ha Giang Province.

The ministry documented zero coronavirus cases throughout the nation on Sunday.

An additional 1,446 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, the health ministry said.

A total of 32,361 had been inoculated by 4:00 pm on that day. 

They were medical staff directly treating coronavirus patients, health workers doing contact tracing and sampling tasks, and other frontline workers.

AstraZeneca is the only vaccine administered in Vietnam at the moment. The country began mass vaccination on March 8.

The Expanded Program on Immunization, which provides free immunization to children under one year old to protect them from six common and highly fatal infectious diseases in Vietnam, has recorded postvaccinal reactions in those inoculated against COVID-19.

The reactions signified the body’s building immunity against the coronavirus, the program said.

The government has said it already secured 60 million AstraZeneca jabs via direct purchases and the COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme.

Vietnam is negotiating the purchase of vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and the maker of Russia’s Sputnik V, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said on Wednesday, adding that it may be able to buy 30 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses this year.

Health authorities expect to acquire 150 million vaccine doses in total in 2021.

The nation’s patient tally has hit 2,572 as of Sunday night, with 2,198 recoveries and 35 deaths having been documented so far.

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