Australia pledges 3.7 million additional Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam

By Viet Anh   November 2, 2021 | 06:09 pm GMT+7
Australian PM Scott Morrison told his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh that Australia would assist Vietnam with an additional 3.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses.

The pledge was made at meeting Monday between the two leaders on the sidelines of the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in the U.K., the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

Chinh thanked Morrison and the Australian government for their timely support with vaccines and medical equipment and hoped that Australia would continue to assist Vietnam to deal with complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the end of October, a batch of 800,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses donated by the Australian government arrived in Hanoi. With this third delivery, Australia met its initial commitment to share 1.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses from its own supplies with Vietnam this year.

Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh (L) and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison (R) in a meeting in the UK on November 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh (L) and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in a meeting in the U.K. on November 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of Vietnam News Agency

Chinh also requested Australia for assistance with climate change adaptation and development of renewable energy, which are among key topics being discussed at the COP26. They are also essential elements in the two countries reaching the target of $15 billion in two-way trade and doubling the size of investment.

Morrison welcomed Vietnam's engagements in global climate change initiatives. Australia wished to cooperate with Vietnam in promoting and applying green and clean energy, he said. He invited Vietnamese leaders to attend the clean energy summit hosted by Australia in 2022.

The two prime ministers shared views on security, safety, freedom of navigation and overflight on seas and oceans, including the East Sea on the basis of international law. They decided close cooperation on this issue at multilateral forums.

Morrison also reaffirmed his support for the central role of ASEAN as well as ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

 
 
go to top