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Vietnam receives over 250,000 COVID-19 jabs donated by Czech government

Vietnam receives over 250,000 COVID-19 jabs donated by Czech government

Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:24 GMT+7
Vietnam receives over 250,000 COVID-19 jabs donated by Czech government
Chargé d'Affaires of the Czech Embassy in Hanoi Lukas Musil (L) hands over a board symbolizing COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong (C) and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung during a ceremony in Hanoi, August 30, 2021. Photo: Ministry of Health

More than 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Czech government have arrived in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Health.

The donation included 210,000 AstraZeneca doses and 40,800 Moderna shots.

Chargé d'Affaires of the Czech Embassy in Hanoi Lukas Musil handed over the jabs to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong during a ceremony in the capital on Monday.

The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung.

Vietnam is a priority partner in the Czech Republic’s vaccine support policy, Musil stated, adding that the Czech government is always willing to assist the fight against COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian country.

The Czech government previously announced the decision to donate about 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam on July 26.

During his online talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on August 9, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated that the European country was willing to transfer 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and a number of rapid test kits to Vietnam.

Babis added that the Czech Republic would also call on other European nations to provide Vietnam with COVID-19 vaccines such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Sinopharm, which are being widely used in the region.

Vietnam has so far received nearly 27.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through purchase, the COVAX Facility, and donations from other countries.

More than 19.7 million doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, with over 2.5 million people having completed the two-dose regimen.

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