Authorities in Guangxi Province, China, have donated 800,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine and many medical supplies to four northern Vietnamese provinces, which share the land border with it.
The People’s Committee of Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam held a ceremony to receive the donation presented by authorities in the Zhuang autonomous region of Guangxi on Saturday morning.
The 800,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, a set of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), or outside-the-body life support system, and many other medical equipment and supplies in the grant have a total value of about US$9.7 million.
This is the largest foreign aid shipment that authorities of Guangxi Province have ever given out in its history.
Following the handover, the donated gifts will be allocated to Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, and Ha Giang Provinces, which share the land border and have a close cooperative relationship with Guangxi.
Of that, Quang Ninh will receive 200,000 shots of the Sinopharm vaccine, ventilators and oxygen kits, 16 digital devices to monitor critically ill patients, and many other medical equipment and supplies.
Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Ha Giang Provinces have recorded only 16, 217, and 295 community cases in the fourth COVID-19 wave that struck Vietnam on April 27, respectively, while Cao Bang has remained the only location with zero transmissions reported.
So far, Cao Bang and Ha Giang have administered the first vaccine doses to over 45 and 60 percent of their adult population while Quang Ninh and Lang Son have fully inoculated over 78 and 51 percent of their adult population against COVID-19, respectively, according to the national COVID-19 vaccination portal.