Nearly 6.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by European nations arrive in Vietnam

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Nearly 6.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by European nations arrive in Vietnam

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Germany via the COVAX Facility are stored in Vietnam. Photo: UNICEF

Nearly 6.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, and the UK have arrived in Vietnam, UNICEF said in a press release on Tuesday.

The vaccine donation was made via the COVAX Facility, an international partnership created to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

COVAX is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF as a key delivery partner.

The latest delivery in Vietnam includes 4,000,230 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine donated by Germany, 99,450 shots of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine supplied by Luxembourg, 159,120 jabs of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine gifted by Portugal, and 2,012,960 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine presented by the UK.

With this new shipment of over four million vaccine shots, Germany continues its ongoing support for Vietnam to control the COVID-19 pandemic, said German Ambassador to Vietnam Guido Hildner.

“Germany will continue to show solidarity with Vietnam in the fight against the effects of the pandemic and provide further vaccines through the international vaccine platform COVAX,” Hildner stated.

The European nation has so far provided over 10 million vaccine jabs for Vietnam.

According to British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward, the latest donation is part of the UK’s assistance for Vietnam’s road map of opening the economy.

It also marks the third bilateral vaccine commitment by the UK to Vietnam after the arrival of more than 727,000 doses in 2021.

In 2022, the UK will continue supporting Vietnam to build a resilient health system by providing more vaccines and medical supplies, while facilitating knowledge exchange opportunities between the two countries, the ambassador said.

With the delivery of vaccines donated by the governments of Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, and the United Kingdom, Vietnam has received 51,024,180 doses via the COVAX Facility.

As of Tuesday, health workers in Vietnam had administered more than 177 million vaccine doses, according to the Ministry of Health.

Over 78.9 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while more than 73.8 million have been injected twice.

The number of third doses – including additional primary shots for immunocompromised people, boosters, and third jabs of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine has topped 24.7 million.

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