EU pledges further vaccine support for Vietnam

By Vo Thanh   November 2, 2021 | 03:56 pm GMT+7
EU pledges further vaccine support for Vietnam
EC President Ursula von der Leyen (L) and Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2021. Photo by Vietnam News Agency
The EU will continue providing Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam either via commercial contracts or Covax, according to the European Commission (EC).

During a Monday meeting with EC President Ursula von der Leyen on the sidelines of 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow of Scotland, Vietnam Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his gratitude towards the European Union and its member states for their timely support to help Vietnam fight Covid-19 via vaccine and medical equipment aid.

He highlighted the fact Union Civil Protection Mechanism, an EC initiative to constitute a framework for cooperation in disaster preparedness, prevention and response, had facilitated the transportation of vaccines from the bloc’s member states to Vietnam.

In the coming time, Vietnam hopes to continue to access more vaccine and medical equipment sources, said Chinh.

For her part, Leyen said the vaccination rate in the EU had reached 70 percent and yet countries there have still recorded high number of new infections.

Therefore, every country needs to remain alert to the pandemic, she said.

She confirmed the EU would continue vaccine support for Vietnam, either via direct exports or the Covax facility.

Vietnam had received 107 million vaccine doses as of Oct. 29 and so far, more than 24.6 million people have received two doses.

The country targets to receive 150 million doses within this year to immunize 70 percent of its population.

 
 
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