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Health ministry to allocate Hanoi one million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses

Health ministry to allocate Hanoi one million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses

Thursday, September 09, 2021, 16:30 GMT+7
Health ministry to allocate Hanoi one million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine doses
Vials of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health will allocate one million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Hanoi, the municipal Center for Disease Control’s deputy director Truong Quang Viet said on Thursday morning.

“We have drawn up a plan to receive the Sinopharm vaccine doses from the Ministry of Health,” Viet said.

Currently, the vaccine shipment has yet to arrive at a designated warehouse in Hanoi, according to the deputy director.

Therefore, the Hanoi Center for Disease Control has prepared no specific vaccination using the batch, which will help increase the city’s total vaccine allocation to 4.3 million doses.

Besides, central-level institutes and units in the capital city have just been given another one million shots of COVID-19 vaccine.

City authorities administered more than 215,000 vaccine doses on Wednesday, according to the municipal Department of Health.

The total number of jabs given out in the city has topped 2.8 million, more than 2.5 million of which are first doses and over 300,000 are second.

About 57 percent of the capital's adults have been inoculated.

Central-level institutes and units in the capital have also used up their allocated vaccines.

Hanoi has recorded 3,663 COVID-19 patients, including 1,578 cases detected in the community and 2,085 others found in zoned-off areas, since April 27 when a new wave of infections hit Vietnam.

Nationwide, more than 23.5 million doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out in the country on March 8, with over 3.7 million people fully vaccinated.

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