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Vietnam receives another 603,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from US

Vietnam receives another 603,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from US

Saturday, October 09, 2021, 09:56 GMT+7
Vietnam receives another 603,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from US
A vial containing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Bavarian Red Cross vaccination center, in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany January 10, 2021. Photo: Reuters

An additional donation of 603,380 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from the U.S. to Vietnam arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday evening, the U.S. Consulate General said on its verified Facebook page.

The U.S. has thus donated 9.1 million vaccine shots to Vietnam so far, according to the Facebook announcement.

On Friday morning, the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City also announced that another 397,800 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had safely landed in Hanoi, following the two previous donations of 608,400 shots on Thursday and nearly 1.5 million jabs through the COVAX Facility on October 2.

The agency said more vaccine donations from the U.S. are on the way to Vietnam in a few days.

The U.S. has committed more than US$26.7 million in related assistance to Vietnam, including 111 vaccine refrigerators, since the start of the pandemic.

Vietnam has received COVID-19 vaccine donations from many other countries, including Japan, Australia, the UK, France, Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic, and China, among others.

The Southeast Asian country has vaccinated around 36.9 million people with at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. 

Above 13.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.

Health authorities aim to immunize at least two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.

Vietnam has registered 831,643 patients, including 759,482 recoveries and 20,337 deaths, since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.

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