Việt Nam receives one million doses of AstraZeneca, Sinopharm vaccines from Australia, Cambodia

October, 29/2021 - 17:59
One million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in total donations from Australia and Cambodia have arrived in Việt Nam.

 

The AstraZeneca vaccine batch donated by Australia being unloaded at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on Thursday. — Photo from Facebook page of Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne

HÀ NỘI — One million doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated from Australia and Cambodia have arrived in Việt Nam to aid the country's pandemic response.

On Thursday, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne announced that an additional 800,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have arrived at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội, representing the final delivery of the 1.5 million doses the country has committed to share with Việt Nam.

The shipments, out of Australia’s own COVID-19 supply, were originally slated to be completed later this year.

“Australia is also continuing to support Việt Nam’s national vaccination campaign and rollout through a US$60 million commitment to COVID-19 response efforts. As part of this commitment, Australia will provide a further 3.7 million vaccine doses to Việt Nam through our procurement partnership with UNICEF,” she said on Facebook.

 

Cambodian Health Ministry’s Secretary of State Or Vandine handed over the 200,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Trần Văn Thuấn (right) during a ceremony on Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Long

 

On Friday, Cambodia presented Việt Nam with 200,000 doses of Vero Cell COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm during a ceremony at the Bavet-Mộc Bài International Border Gate.

The Cambodian Health Ministry’s Secretary of State Or Vandine, on behalf of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techno Hun Sen, handed over the vaccines to the Vietnamese side.

In her remarks, Or Vandine said the gift demonstrated the attention and sharing of the Cambodian government and people as well as the Cambodian PM towards Vietnamese people.

Cambodia hoped that the vaccines would effectively contribute to the COVID-19 fight in Việt Nam, especially localities bordering Cambodia, she said, expressing her belief that Việt Nam would soon contain the pandemic, restore its socio-economic activities and continue to develop sustainably.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Trần Văn Thuấn stressed that the gift vividly manifests the solidarity and good neighbourliness between the two countries.

Since the pandemic broke out, Việt Nam and Cambodia have closely coordinated and supported each other in the combat, at both central and grassroots levels.

To date, Việt Nam has received about 105 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

79 million doses have been administered, according to the National COVID-19 Vaccination Portal on Friday afternoon. — VNS