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Nearly 660,000 AstraZeneca vaccine jabs delivered to Vietnam

Nearly 660,000 AstraZeneca vaccine jabs delivered to Vietnam

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 16:04 GMT+7

Another batch of 659,900 COVID-19 vaccine shots which Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC) purchased from AstraZeneca has been delivered to the Southeast Asian country.

VNVC confirmed on Thursday morning that the shipment had arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City earlier the same day.

With the support from the Ministry of Health, the Vietnamese company previously signed a contract with AstraZeneca to buy 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccine.

AstraZeneca has sent nearly 3.8 million doses out of the 30 million shots to the Southeast Asian country in six shipments.

The previous five batches arrived on February 24, May 25, July 9, July 15, and July 23.

Vietnam has so far received nearly 9.3 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through purchase, the COVAX mechanism, and donations from other countries.

The nation has also received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China, five million doses of Moderna provided by the U.S. via the COVAX scheme, 1,000 shots of Sputnik V gifted by Russia, and nearly 200,000 jabs of Pfizer through purchase.

To date, Vietnam has obtained over 14 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in total from different sources, including COVAX, contractual purchases, and donations, the Ministry of Health reported.

A total of 5,321,839 doses have been administered since the inoculation was rolled out on March 8, while 496,630 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Vietnamese government expects to obtain 175 million shots of various vaccines by early 2022.

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

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