1.7 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses to arrive Sunday

By Le Nga   May 12, 2021 | 10:38 pm PT
1.7 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses to arrive Sunday
A journalist is injected with a Covid-19 vaccine at the Pasteur Institute in HCMC, May 4, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Thu.
Around 1.7 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses under Covax would arrive in Vietnam this Sunday, the Ministry of Health said.

The doses, provided through global vaccine access mechanism Covax, would be distributed to all localities to battle Covid-19.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said the ministry is still looking for more Covid-19 vaccine sources to cover enough of its population.

Vietnam began its own Covid-19 inoculation program in March using a vaccine produced by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, secured either through contracts or Covax. So far, over 942,000 people in 62 cities and provinces, or 1 percent of the country's population, have been inoculated, mainly frontline workers of the Covid-19 fight.

Earlier this month, minister Long said a review of over 600,000 people who had been vaccinated showed 16 percent had normal reactions after vaccination, which disappeared over the next 24 hours. But Vietnam on May 7 recorded its first death following Covid-19 vaccination: a 35-year-old female medic at a hospital in An Giang who died due to "anaphylaxis induced by a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug allergy," according a professional council of the southern province's health department.

Vietnam's ongoing Covid-19 wave has seen 665 community cases recorded in 26 cities and provinces since late last month.

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