Vietnam welcomes sharing of COVID-19 vaccines, resources and technology (Foreign Ministry spokesperson)


Vietnam welcomes the sharing of COVID-19 vaccines, information and technology to help fight the pandemic, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang during Thursday’s press briefing. – Photo by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

She made the statement in response to recent announcements of vaccine donations, two million doses of Moderna from the United States through the COVAX facility and one million additional doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Japanese government.

UNICEF Vietnam, which manages vaccine delivery under the COVAX initiative, confirmed to Việt Nam News that cargo from the United States is expected to enter the country via Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. early Saturday morning. The remaining doses from Japan are due to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City on Friday morning, according to the health ministry.

“Vietnam welcomes and values ​​the sharing of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the information and technology needed to help fight the pandemic,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said.

“Amid the complicated nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam hopes that countries and international organizations will be united and fulfill their responsibilities to the global community,” Hang said.

To date, Vietnam has received four different types of COVID-19 vaccines from Japan, China, Russia and the United States, along with purchases. COVAX is also committed to prioritizing Vietnam in its future distribution.

Vietnam itself has also contributed $ 500 million to the global vaccine-sharing initiative that aims to ensure equitable access to the vaccine, though it struggles to get enough vaccines for its population of nearly 100. million people amid a recent recent spike in COVID-19 infections.

As of July 7, 3,960,956 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Vietnam and 241,913 people had received two full doses, according to a report released Thursday by the Ministry of Health.

Chinese vaccine administration

Previously, on June 20, Vietnam had received some 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines as well as 502,400 single-use syringes as aid, and the bilateral agreement is supposed to give them to Chinese nationals living in Vietnam, to Vietnamese who intend to go to work or study in China and residents of the border region with China.

Hang also claimed that these doses will be used in accordance with Government Resolution 21 of February 26, 2021 on COVID-19 vaccine purchases and uses, in response to questions about recent reports from China complaining that allocation decisions of Vietnam were not compliant. with the initial plan of the two countries.

“At the request of China, Vietnam will also carry out the vaccination of Chinese citizens working in the country,” the spokesperson said.

Vietnam’s health ministry has announced its vaccine dose distribution plan which says almost all of it will be used for the aforementioned three groups in the nine northern provinces. This, however, has raised concerns in China that Chinese nationals in other localities in Vietnam are absent.

Source: Vietnam News

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