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Vietnam to receive at least 3.6 million COVID-19 vaccine shots next month

Vietnam to receive at least 3.6 million COVID-19 vaccine shots next month

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 12:42 GMT+7
Vietnam to receive at least 3.6 million COVID-19 vaccine shots next month
A health worker holds a bottle of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam is expected to receive 2.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine supplied by Japan and the COVAX scheme, along with at least one million shots purchased from Pfizer next month.

Japan announced last Friday that it would donate one million coronavirus vaccine shots to Vietnam.

This support is slated to arrive in the Southeast Asian country in two batches on July 1 and 8, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Japan already supplied Vietnam with one million vaccine shots earlier this month. The doses arrived in the country on June 16.

The two million jabs are AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in Japan.

“The support from the Japanese government and people is very timely and contributes greatly to Vietnam’s efforts to curb the pandemic,” the health ministry remarked.

Vietnam is also anticipated to receive 1.6 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shots from the COVAX Facility, an international partnership created to ensure global equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, in July.

At least one million doses the country purchased from Pfizer will also arrive next month.

Vietnam set a target of securing 150 million vaccine doses and vaccinating two-thirds of its population of about 98 million people this year.

The Southeast Asian nation has received nearly four million AstraZeneca shots from the COVAX scheme, direct purchases via a local company, and Japan, in addition to 2,000 Sputnik V jabs donated by Russia and 500,000 Sinopharm doses gifted by China in the year to date.

A total of 3,593,970 shots have been administered across the country since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.

More than 182,000 people have finished their two-shot regimen.

As of Wednesday morning, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has reported 16,507 cases, with 6,764 recoveries and 80 deaths.

The country has detected 13,147 local infections in 50 provinces and cities since a fresh outbreak started on April 27.

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