Japan to supply Vietnam extra AstraZeneca batch

By Huyen Le   September 4, 2021 | 03:30 am PT
Japan to supply Vietnam extra AstraZeneca batch
A batch of Covid-19 vaccine from Japan lands in Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport in June 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Minh
Japan would provide Vietnam an additional batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses, expected to arrive Sept. 9.

The upcoming batch would be the fifth from Japan to Vietnam since mid-June, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the previous four batches, Japan had supplied Vietnam around three million AstraZeneca vaccine doses.

Previously on Friday, Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu said Japan would provide 440,000 AstraZeneca vaccines doses to Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan considering the coronavirus situations, medical capabilities and vaccination progress in these locations.

So far, Vietnam has received over 29 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, including around 19.1 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses. The country has vaccinated nearly 20 million people with at least one shot, with around 2.5 million people having been fully vaccinated.

It aims to secure 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to cover 70 percent of its 96 million population by next year.

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