Japan supports Vietnam with one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Thứ Ba, 15/6/2021| 15:03

The Japanese government decided to support Vietnam with one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, manufactured in this country under the license of Astra Zeneca.

On the morning of June 15, at a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Japanese Ambassador in Vietnam, Yamada Takio conveyed the above message from Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide. This is the result of conference calls between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide over the past time.

Ambassador Yamada Takio also announced that Japanese associations and 36 businesses in Vietnam have donated VND 39.2 billion to the Covid-19 Vaccine Fund also will continue to contribute more.

Japan supports Vietnam with one million doses of Covid-19 vaccineThe Japanese Ambassador conveyed a message from Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh about supporting Vietnam with one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh expressed his sincere thanks to Prime Minister Suga, the Government and the people of Japan for the immediate decision to donate one million doses of vaccine to Vietnam; At the same time, make efforts to bring back the vaccine to Vietnam on June 16. 

"This is a precious, timely gift, a noble gesture showing sympathy, sharing in difficult times, and showing the friendship between the Governments and peoples of the two countries", Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said and asked the Government and relevant agencies of Japan to support technology transfer and vaccine production to Vietnam.

About 450,000 Vietnamese people study, research, do business and live in Japan, so Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hopes the Japanese Government will create conditions for them to have a safe and stable life, contributing to the development of relations between the two countries. He also suggested that Japan consider accepting interns for Vietnam, especially those with visas waiting to go to Japan. Vietnam will soon resume commercial flights when conditions permit. 

Ambassador Yamada Takio affirmed the Japanese Government's strong cooperation commitment with Vietnam, saying that Vietnam is still the best investment destination for Japanese businesses and investors.

To date, Vietnam has received nearly 3 million doses of vaccine for vaccination. Of these, the Covax mechanism provided more than 2.5 million doses in two batches, both of which were Astra Zeneca vaccines. In addition, more than 400,000 other doses in Vietnam have ordered 30 million doses from this pharmaceutical company. 

As of June 15, the total number of vaccine doses administered is 1.5 million people; in which, the number of people who have received two full injections is 59,608. To achieve herd immunity, Vietnam must vaccinate 70% of the population 18 years and older, equivalent to 150 million doses.