France, Hungary donate 770,000 Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam

By Phan Anh   August 12, 2021 | 05:46 am PT
France, Hungary donate 770,000 Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam
A ride-hailing app driver receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's District 11, August 2, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
France said Thursday it would send 670,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam under global access mechanism Covax while Hungary has pledged to send 100,000 doses.

"To win against the pandemic, vaccine access needs to be global and equitable. That is why France has just shared 670,000 vaccine doses with Vietnam as part of the Covax program," French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

Hungary government on Wednesday announced to gift Vietnam 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 100,000 Covid-19 rapid test kits, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The support adds to similar assistance provided by several countries and international organizations, including the U.S. and the WHO.

Since the fourth wave hit on April 27, Vietnam has recorded 242,552 infections in 62 cities and provinces.

The country has vaccinated over 12 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Over one million have been fully vaccinated.

Vietnam aims to cover 70 percent of its 96 million population with around 150 million vaccine doses by next year.

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