Japan to give a million Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam

By Viet Tuan   June 14, 2021 | 11:15 pm PT
Japan to give a million Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam
A person holds up a box containing vials of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in HCMC, June 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
Japan has agreed to aid Vietnam with a million Covid-19 vaccine doses produced in Japan with licenses by AstraZeneca to help with the coronavirus fight.

Japanese ambassador in Vietnam Yamada Takio on Tuesday delivered the message from Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh.

36 Japanese businesses and associations have also agreed to provide $1.71 million for Vietnam's Covid-19 prevention fund, and more would come in the future, Takio said.

In response, Chinh sent his thanks to Suga, the Japanese government and its people for their Covid-19 vaccine aid, adding that Vietnam would try to have the vaccine doses arrive in the country on Wednesday. He also requested the Japanese government and other relevant authorities to support with transferring vaccine production technologies to Vietnam.

Chinh said he hoped the Japanese government would provide around 450,000 Vietnamese living and working in Japan opportunities for safe and stable life amid the pandemic. He also requested Japan to consider receiving Vietnamese apprentices, especially those with eligible visas and waiting for a chance to come to Japan.

Vietnam has received around three million Covid-19 vaccine doses so far. The country's mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign has inoculated around 1.5 million people since early March, mainly frontline workers of the Covid-19 fight.

Vietnam aims to secure 150 million vaccine doses this year to cover 70 percent of its population.

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