Vietnam receives 1.2 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses

By Phan Anh   August 19, 2021 | 10:37 pm PT
Vietnam receives 1.2 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses
A box that contains AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses. Photo courtesy of the U.K. Embassy in Vietnam.
A batch of 1,209,400 AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrived in HCMC's Tan Son Nhat Airport Thursday night.

It is the 9th batch of a 30 million dose deal between AstraZeneca and the Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC), with support from the Ministry of Health, according to a press release by AstraZeneca.

So far, Vietnam has received around 14.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, accounting for around 62 percent of all available vaccine doses in the country. They were delivered either through contracts, global vaccine access mechanism Covax or foreign aids.

Nitin Kapoor, chairman and general director of AstraZeneca Vietnam, said the firm has stepped up supply to Vietnam since July to support the government's vaccination program.

"We will continue to partner with the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, UNICEF and VNVC to deliver our vaccine to Vietnam as quickly as possible," he said.

Vietnam has recorded 308,560 local Covid-19 cases since the fourth coronavirus wave hit Vietnam in late April.

The country has vaccinated around 16 million people with at least one shot, and over 1.5 million people have been fully vaccinated.

It aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its 96 million population by next year.

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