U.S. to donate 1 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam

Thứ Tư, 25/8/2021| 16:31

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday the U.S will provide an additional 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam and the doses would begin to arrive within the next 24 hours.

"Recognizing the critical toll that Covid-19 has taken on both our countries, and the Biden-Harris Administration's effort to serve as an arsenal of vaccines for the world, the Vice President announced that the U.S. is donating an additional one million doses of Pfizer vaccine to Vietnam, bringing our total donation to Vietnam to six million doses," the Office of the Vice President said in a statement.

"I know the Vietnamese people are facing a difficult time right now," Harris said.

Vietnam is among the top 10 recipient countries under a U.S. program to share millions of vaccine doses to improve global vaccination rates, according to the White House.

During a meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked President Joe Biden for donating 5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam through the COVAX Facility.

This demonstrates the valuable support the US has given to the Southeast Asian nation amid the current complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a visit to the country last month, U.S. Defense Minister Lloyd Austin announced that the Vietnamese side would also be provided with 77 deep freezers in order to store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

Harris arrived in Hanoi late Tuesday night on a three-day (August 24-26) visit to Vietnam at the invitation of her Vietnamese counterpart Vo Thi Anh Xuan, marking the first trip to Vietnam by a sitting U.S. Vice President.


U.S. to donate 1 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during a meeting in Hanoi, August 25, 2021. Photo by VnExpress

She also announced the launch of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Southeast Asia regional office in Vietnam.

The new CDC office will be one of four regional offices globally, and it’s focused on collaborating with regional governments on research and training to deal with and prevent global health crises.

Vietnam is grappling with record high Covid-19 infections driven by the Delta variant.

The surge in cases prompted a recent lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of Vietnam’s fourth Covid-19 wave for two months now.

Vietnam has vaccinated around 17.6 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Over 1.9 million people have been fully vaccinated.

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

Vietnam has also signed commercial contracts to purchase tens of millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines from U.S. vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer.