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400,000 additional AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrive in Ho Chi Minh City from Japan

400,000 additional AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrive in Ho Chi Minh City from Japan

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 16:04 GMT+7
400,000 additional AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrive in Ho Chi Minh City from Japan
A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine dose in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, September 14, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A flight from Japan carrying 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Japanese government arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday morning.

The Japanese government had previously donated about 3.18 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs to Vietnam.

Saturday’s batch has increased Japan's donations to roughly 3.58 million shots in total.

Japan affirmed that the country will continue to cooperate with Vietnam to put the COVID-19 pandemic under control soon.

On Thursday, Ho Chi Minh City received more than 620,000 Pfizer vaccine doses and 46,000 AstraZeneca shots allocated by the Ministry of Health to provide the second jabs to residents.

The southern city is expediting its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to administer first doses to all of people from 18 years old and second doses to those having finished their intervals.

Health workers have given over 6.8 million first doses and more than 2.2 million second shots to people in the city, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.

Residents from 18 years old that have not received first doses are advised to send a text message to the 8066 switchboard following the formula MUI1 Fullname YearofBirth District to register for the inoculation.

On Saturday morning, the city still had about 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca, 650,000 shots of Pfizer, and about 637,000 jabs of Vero Cell in its storage, according to the municipal Department of Health.

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