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According to the embassy, these vaccine doses were delivered by COVAX directly from the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A total of 1,209,780 doses arrived in two deliveries to Ho Chi Minh City on October 7 and October 8, and a total of 789,750 doses arrived in two deliveries to Hanoi on October 8 and October 13. This follows four previous COVAX deliveries to Vietnam totaling 7.5 million vaccine doses made available by the U.S., bringing the total to 9.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses so far, and more are planned.

The U.S. and Vietnam continue to build on longstanding cooperation with nearly USD1 billion of U.S. Government investment in Vietnam’s health infrastructure to strengthen Vietnam’s capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the U.S. has committed more than USD26.7 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Vietnam since the start of the pandemic.

At the Global COVID-⁠19 Summit on September 22, the U.S. President announced a commitment to provide an additional 500 million Pfizer doses, bringing the U.S. total commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses.

The U.S. has provided more than 175 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries worldwide./.

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