The United States has additionally offered Vietnam over two million Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs, bringing its total donations to the Southeast Asian country to more than 18 million doses.
“Another shipment of 2,074,410 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Hanoi early this morning,” the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam said in its verified Facebook page on Friday.
The U.S. has so far donated over 18 million vaccine doses to Vietnam through COVAX as part of its steadfast commitment to support Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19, the embassy said.
“And more are on the way!” it added.
The two countries have cooperated to improve Vietnam’s capacity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on their long-term cooperative relationship, according to the embassy.
The U.S. has aided nearly US$1 billion to Vietnam over the past years for develop health infrastructure development, and the former has also committed $26.7 million as support for Vietnam to respond to the pandemic.
In October, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi received 77 refrigerators among the 111 deep freezers for storage of Pfizer vaccine, funded by the U.S. government for Vietnam through the U.S. Department of Defense.
At the Global COVID-19 Summit held two months ago, U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to provide 500 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine to 92 low- and middle-income countries around the world and the African Union, bringing its total global commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses.
“Vietnam has been a leading recipient of these doses,” the embassy said in a press release.
In addition to the U.S., the largest donor of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam so far, the Southeast Asian country has received vaccine donations from other countries including Japan, Australia, the UK, France, Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic, and China, among others.
Vietnam has so far received around 140 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of the 200 million shots that had been contracted.
Vietnam’s health workers have administered about 68.93 million first vaccine doses and 47.39 million second shots to people nationwide since immunization was rolled out on March 8, according to official figures.
With the current vaccination progress, the country is likely to cover 70 percent of its population aged 18 and older with two full doses of vaccine by the year-end, the Ministry of Health said.
The Southeast Asian country has recorded 1,181,337 patients, including 955,256 recoveries and 24,544 deaths, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year, the health ministry’s data shows.