Vietnam receives more than 2.6 million Pfizer vaccine doses from COVAX

Tuesday, 26/10/2021 10:42
(CPV) - The United States Mission to Vietnam has announced that COVAX delivered an additional 2,633,670 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine made available by the U.S. to assist Vietnam in its fight against COVID-19.

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A batch of vaccines supported by the U.S through COVAX at the Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi on July 10 (Photo: UNICEF Vietnam).

Of which, 1,317,420 doses arrived on October 24 in Hanoi, and 1,316,250 doses arrived on October 25 in Ho Chi Minh City. 

This is the sixth COVAX delivery to Vietnam, totaling 12.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses made available by the U.S. so far.

The U.S. has supported Vietnam since the beginning of the pandemic and has committed more than USD30.2 million in COVID-19 related assistance for Vietnam.  Continuing to build on the longstanding cooperation and investment in Vietnam’s health infrastructure, the U.S. has provided support to essentially every pillar of the country’s pandemic response, from virtual trainings that have reached thousands of hospital workers in the Mekong provinces with skills to protect themselves from infection, to genetic sequencing technology that allows Vietnam to track variants of the virus that are circulating, to information systems that guide rapid vaccine delivery to provinces to reach those at highest risk; from supplying COVID-19 test and vaccine storage equipment to bolstering Vietnam’s COVID-19 care systems, especially in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring hard-hit provinces, by providing life-saving equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and liquid-oxygen tanks for patients in need.    

At the Global COVID-19 Summit on September 22, the U.S. President announced a commitment to provide an additional 500 million Pfizer doses to 92 low- and middle-income countries around the world, and the African Union, bringing the total U.S. global commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses.  Vietnam has been a leading recipient of these doses. 

Worldwide, the U.S. has delivered more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries./.