Australia completes vaccine delivery of 7.8 mln doses to Vietnam

By Viet Anh   February 19, 2022 | 02:30 am PT
Australia completes vaccine delivery of 7.8 mln doses to Vietnam
Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam (L) and Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative check a vaccine shipment donated by Australia that arrived in Hanoi in Jan, 2022. Photo courtesy of UNICEF
Australia provided Vietnam an additional 2.2 million Pfizer vaccine doses Saturday, meeting its commitment to deliver a total 7.8 million.

The final shipment arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City as part of 3.6 million vaccine doses Australia gave Vietnam in recent weeks, a UNICEF press release stated.

With this move, Australia completed its pledge to assist Vietnam with a total 7.8 million doses. The promise was updated in November 2021.

The task occurred via a procurement agreement with UNICEF, in partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

In addition, Australia had shared 4.2 million AstraZeneca doses from its own supply in August last year.

Previously, Australia provided Vietnam a AUD60 million (over $ 43 million) support package for purchasing Pfizer vaccine.

Also, Australia is partnering with UNICEF to ensure vaccine distribution is safe, effective and equitable. The partnership has bolstered the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign, supporting the delivery of 1,910 refrigerators to hard-to-reach communes, healthcare worker training, and communications campaigns.

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