Australia gifts Vietnam 800,000 more vaccine doses

By Minh Nga   October 29, 2021 | 03:20 am PT
Australia gifts Vietnam 800,000 more vaccine doses
The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine batch gifted by Australia at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, October 28, 2021. Photo by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam
A batch of 800,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses provided by the Australian government arrived in Hanoi Thursday.

With this third delivery, Australia has met its commitment to share 1.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses from its own supply with Vietnam within this year, the Australian Embassy stated.

In addition to the gifted vaccine doses, Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Robyn Mudie, announced Australia would support Vietnam to purchase approximately 3.7 million more vaccine doses, through a procurement agreement with the UNICEF and in partnership with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health.

Apart from the vaccine support, Australia will provide AUD60 million ($45.3 million) in support for Vietnam’s Covid vaccine rollout.

This package, according to the embassy, would support Covid-19 vaccine procurement, cold chain upgrades, training for healthcare workers, and support vaccine rollout in remote provinces.

So far, 22.6 million of Vietnam's 96-million population have been fully vaccinated.

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