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Nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs arrive in Vietnam

Nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs arrive in Vietnam

Friday, August 27, 2021, 14:52 GMT+7
Nearly 2 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs arrive in Vietnam
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris reviews the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, Vietnam, August 26, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Nearly two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Vietnam on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The shipments included over 796,000 Pfizer-BioNTech shots donated by the U.S., 400,000 AstraZeneca jabs gifted by Australia, and 770,000 Pfizer-BioNTech shots as part of a 31-million-dose purchase contract.

Vice President Kamala Harris announced during a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Wednesday that the U.S. would provide over one million shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Vietnam.

The remaining 269,100 doses are expected to be delivered on Friday.

On July 14, Australia announced it would share 1.5 million AstraZeneca doses with Vietnam this year.

Vietnam has so far received more than 26 million COVID-19 vaccine doses of various types through purchase, the COVAX Facility, and donations from other countries.

The country is expected to receive a shipment containing millions of AstraZeneca jabs this weekend.

About 9.3 million COVID-19 vaccine shots are also anticipated to arrive in the Southeast Asian nation in September.

The health ministry added that it has just allocated about two million more AstraZeneca shots and 10,000 Sputnik V doses to provinces and cities.

It noted that inoculation progress in the country has been slowing down, with only 300,000 to 400,000 shots being administered on a daily basis.

The country needs to give at least 500,000 shots a day to meet its goal.

The government 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.

As of Thursday, 18,522,203 doses had been administered, with 2,139,545 people fully vaccinated.

Vietnam has documented 392,938 COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon, with 188,488 recoveries and 9,667 deaths.

It has recorded 388,814 local infections in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities since the fourth wave began on April 27.

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