Additional 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Viet Nam

Update: 13:30 | 20/08/2021
Viet Nam received an additional 1,209,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on August 19, according to the Viet Nam Vaccine JSC (VNVC).
Additional 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine arrive in Vietnam
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Reuters)

This is the ninth batch delivered to Viet Nam under the VNVC’s order of 30 million doses with AstraZeneca, which would be handed over to the Ministry of Health at a not-for-profit price.

The VNVC earlier stated that starting from July, each week, AstraZeneca would ship about 1 million doses of vaccine to Viet Nam, and the commitment has been largely kept.

So far, over 6.7 million doses have been delivered, nearly six months after the first batch reached Viet Nam in late February.

With the latest batch, Viet Nam has to date received about 14.3 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the VNVC's contract, the COVAX Facility and donations from governments, accounting for 62 percent of the total number of COVID-19 vaccines delivered to the country.

During his phone talks with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on August 19, CEO of AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot pledged to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to Viet Nam on schedule as well as increase vaccine supplies to the country this month.

AstraZeneca will do its best to meet Viet Nam’s requests, he said.

The two sides also discussed the progress of AstraZeneca's public health and sustainable development programmes in Viet Nam, which are part of the company's efforts to reduce infectious and non-communicable diseases in the Southeast Asian country.

Chairman and General Director of AstraZeneca Viet Nam and emerging Asian markets Nitin Kapoor said since July AstraZeneca has constantly made efforts to boost its supply to Viet Nam in order to support the country’s national vaccination programme.

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(Source: VNA)