Three million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to arrive on July 25: spokesperson
Three million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine supplied by the US via the COVAX Facility will arrive in Vietnam on July 25, unveiled Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang during the ministry’s regular press conference yesterday.
|A batch of over 2 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Noi Bai airport in early July. (Photo: VNA)|
Responding to a query on the Moderna vaccine batch and outcomes of Vietnam’s “vaccine diplomacy”, the spokesperson said that considering access to various sources of vaccine and quick and large-scale vaccination an important and urgent solution, the “vaccine diplomacy” work has been rolled out in a drastic and urgent manner under the instruction and direct engagement of leaders of the Party, State, Government and National Assembly, along with efforts of numerous ministries and sectors, towards the target of inoculating about 70 percent of Vietnamese population and reaching herd immunity this year.
Hang cited the Ministry of Health as saying that countries, international organisations and partners have to date committed 150 million doses of vaccine for Vietnam through purchase negotiations and assistance.
So far, Vietnam has received over eight million vaccine doses, including about 4.5 million doses through COVAX, 2 million doses from the US via the COVAX Facility, three million doses from Japan, 500,000 doses from China and 1,000 doses from Russia.
In the coming time, COVAX is to supply over 1 million more doses and the US will provide an additional three million doses through COVAX, the spokesperson said, adding that Romania will also give 100,000 doses and Australia 1.5 million doses to Vietnam.
Besides, several countries including India, the UK, Australia, Cuba and Germany have made specific commitments to providing Vietnam with aid and technology transfer.
Vietnam also receives aid in the form of medical supplies, equipment and other resources from UNICEF and countries like Laos, Cambodia, Japan and the Republic of Korea, and more, the spokesperson said.
Along with efforts made in “vaccine diplomacy”, Vietnam also seeks cooperation in research and technology transfer in vaccine development and production in an attempt to ensure long-term domestic supply and become self-reliant in terms of COVID-19 vaccine.
The Foreign Ministry is closely working with the Health Ministry in the negotiations and cooperation with potential partners from the US, Japan, Russia, Cuba, Israel, the UK and Germany in technology transfer in the production of COVID-19 vaccine and medicine.
Vietnam highly appreciates and sincerely thanks partners, countries and international organisations for their timely and practical support, the spokesperson said.
Half of the two million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine assisted by the US have been funneled to Ho Chi Minh City to help the southern hotspot stamp out the worst outbreak upon the request of the Health Ministry.
Due to the limited number of Covid-19 vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech, or Comirnaty, Covid-19 vaccine will be prioritized for those who have been given AstraZeneca as the first shot for eight to 12 weeks and agree over its use.