Belgium gifts Vietnam 100,000 AstraZeneca doses

By Nguyen Tien   September 11, 2021 | 01:16 am PT
Belgium gifts Vietnam 100,000 AstraZeneca doses
A foreigner gets a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Phu Nhuan District, August 27, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The Belgian government has handed 100,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam’s National Assembly (NA) chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

Hue received the vaccines at the Vietnamese Embassy in Belgium on Thursday while paying an official visit to the European nation.

Aside from the vaccines gifted by Belgium, Vietnam also received medical equipment worth VND536.6 billion ($23.57 million) donated by organizations and Vietnamese in Europe.

The equipment includes face masks, ventilators, and test kits, according to a statement by the NA, Vietnam’s legislative unit.

In a meeting with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne on Thursday, Hue thanked the Belgian government for its vaccine aid, and asked it to continue supporting Vietnam via the Covax mechanism, according to the government portal.

Dermagne in return said he wished Vietnam would support large infrastructure projects invested by Belgium and boost cooperation for support in the field of agriculture.

Hue affirmed Vietnam attached great importance to developing cooperation with Belgium and wished to strengthen its relationship in all fields, highly appreciating Belgium's coordination in multilateral cooperation and promoting ASEAN-EU relations.

From Sept. 5 to 11, Hue led a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5) in Austria, work with the European Parliament (EP), and pay official visits to Belgium and Finland.

Vietnam aims to receive 150 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate 70 percent of its 96-million population in order to achieve herd immunity by April next year.

So far, almost 26 million people have been vaccinated, with over 4.46 million getting two doses.

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