Italy donates more than 800,000 doses of vaccine to Vietnam

Thứ Tư, 25/8/2021| 21:12

On August 25, the Italian Government decided to sponsor 801,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for Vietnam through the COVAX mechanism to assist Vietnam in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that these vaccines will be transported and handed over to Vietnam in early September.

Italy donates more than 800,000 doses of vaccine to Vietnam

This is the result of high-level advocacy, including Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi requesting support for vaccines and advocacy efforts that the Government's Working Group on vaccine diplomacy has launched, implemented in the past. This decision is a testament to the Vietnam - Italy strategic partnership, demonstrating the solidarity of the Italian Government and people towards Vietnam in difficult times. In the context of complicated disease developments with the emergence of dangerous and fast-spreading new strains, the Government of Vietnam has determined to have access to many vaccine sources to quickly deploy the expanded vaccination campaign is an urgent solution and priority, contributing to helping Vietnam soon fight the Covid-19 epidemic. Currently, Italy is the fourth largest donor in the EU for the COVAX mechanism with a commitment to donate 15 million doses of vaccine and 359 million USD. As a development partner of ASEAN, Italy recently pledged to provide an additional 2 million USD to ASEAN's special fund to prepare and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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