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Japan donates one million more COVID-19 vaccine shots to Vietnam

Japan donates one million more COVID-19 vaccine shots to Vietnam

Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 16:13 GMT+7
Japan donates one million more COVID-19 vaccine shots to Vietnam
Vials labelled ‘Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine’ and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. Photo: Reuters

Vietnam is expected to receive another batch containing one million COVID-19 vaccine shots donated by Japan later this week.

Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi has announced the donation of an additional one million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

The jabs, which are AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan, will arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday morning.

Japan had already supplied Vietnam with nearly two million doses, which arrived on June 16, July 2, and July 9.

Vietnam has so far received more than eight million COVID-19 vaccine shots, 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; 97,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech through direct purchase; and two million jabs of Moderna donated by the U.S. via COVAX.

More than four million vaccine doses have been administered in Vietnam since inoculation began on March 8, with 280,367 people fully vaccinated.

The government sets a target of immunizing two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.    

Vietnam had documented 33,648 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 9,331 recoveries and 130 deaths.

The country has recorded 30,136 local infections in 58 provinces and cities since the fourth wave broke out on April 27.

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