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Vietnam’s defense ministry receives 200,000 Sinopharm vaccine shots gifted by Chinese counterpart

Vietnam’s defense ministry receives 200,000 Sinopharm vaccine shots gifted by Chinese counterpart

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 12:10 GMT+7
Vietnam’s defense ministry receives 200,000 Sinopharm vaccine shots gifted by Chinese counterpart
Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo (L) hands over the Sinopharm vaccine shots to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, August 23, 2021. Photo: Ministry of National Defense

Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense on Monday received 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine gifted by its Chinese counterpart.

During a ceremony held at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo handed over the vaccine shots, along with 201,600 disposable syringes, to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien.

Ambassador Xiong said that the gift is the sentiment of the Chinese military and government in general to the military and people of Vietnam.

Senior Lieutenant General Chien thanked the Chinese side for the timely support amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Southeast Asian country.

This reflects the close relationship between the two nations’ military forces, he continued.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien stands next to the shipment of Sinopharm vaccine at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, August 23, 2021 in this supplied photo.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Hoang Xuan Chien stands next to the shipment of Sinopharm vaccines at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, August 23, 2021 in this supplied photo.

After being appraised by the health ministry, the vaccine doses will be distributed to authorized healthcare centers for inoculation, with priority given to military officers who are participating in pandemic prevention and control efforts.

China previously donated 500,000 Sinopharm shots to Vietnam in late June.

The vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is in use in more than 70 countries.

Vietnam has received approximately 24 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility, purchase, and donations from other countries.

More than 17.3 million shots have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, with over 1.8 people having completed the two-dose regimen.

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