Poland hands Vietnam 500,000 AstraZeneca doses

By Phuong Vu   August 21, 2021 | 01:15 am PT
Poland hands Vietnam 500,000 AstraZeneca doses
Vietnamese Ambassador to Poland Nguyen Hung (R) and two staff members of the Vietnamese Embassy in Poland receive a batch of vaccine donated by Poland at Warsaw Chopin Airport, August 20, 2021. Photo by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Poland officially handed Vietnam over 501,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines at Warsaw Chopin Airport Friday.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Poland Nguyen Hung attended the event along with Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński, Polish Deputy Health Minister Anna Goławska and Polish National Strategic Reserve Director Michał Kuczmierowski, stated Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Jabłoński and Goławska said they always kept in mind Vietnam’s support in the early days of the pandemic in Poland, affirming Vietnam and the Vietnamese community in Poland have contributed a significant part to Poland achieving its current positive anti-pandemic results.

Therefore, under the current pandemic situation in Vietnam, Poland hoped with the vaccine support, the country would soon overcome its fourth wave and stabilize economic development.

Ambassador Nguyen Hung said he highly appreciates Poland's support and believes the two countries will beat the pandemic together, and that the Vietnam-Poland relationship with a history of more than 70 years would continue to develop.

Poland on Aug. 17 announced it would donate more than 501,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Vietnam, along with essential medical equipment for the prevention of Covid-19 worth $4 million. Vietnam is the first non-European country to which Poland has given such support.

It is expected that a batch of essential medical equipment will be transferred to Vietnam early next month.

Authorities of both nations are negotiating for Vietnam to receive more than three million doses of vaccine pledged by Poland.

Vietnam has received more than 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses of different kinds, either via government support, the Covax facility or commercial contracts by local firms and the Health Ministry.

By Friday, the nation of 96 million had administered more than 16.3 million vaccine doses, with over 1.63 million people receiving two shots.

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