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US delivers nearly 392,000 more Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Vietnam

US delivers nearly 392,000 more Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Vietnam

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 17:20 GMT+7
US delivers nearly 392,000 more Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Vietnam
Bottles of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Photo: Reuters

The United States has delivered another batch of nearly 392,000 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shots to Vietnam, raising its total vaccine donations to the Southeast Asian country to 9.5 million doses.

“The United States is proud to support Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 by providing an additional 391,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on October 13,” the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on its verified Facebook page.

The U.S. has so far donated approximately 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Southeast Asian nation.

More vaccine shipments will be sent to Vietnam in the coming time, the U.S. Embassy stated.

Vietnam and the U.S. have been cooperating to improve the former’s capacity in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the diplomatic agency continued.

The collaboration is based on the long-term relationship between the two countries as well as the U.S.’s support worth nearly US$1 billion to help Vietnam develop its health infrastructure over the past years.

In addition, the U.S. has committed $26.7 million worth of assistance to support Vietnam since the start of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health received 36 out of 111 ultra-low temperature freezers that the U.S. Department of Defense had pledged to provide to Vietnam.

These freezers can reach -40 to -90 degrees Celsius, suitable for storing vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures.

Vietnam had documented 846,230 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 786,095 recoveries and 20,763 deaths.

More than 55.2 million vaccine doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out in March, with over 16.1 million people fully vaccinated.

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

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