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Vietnam receives 1.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Italy, France, and Japan


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From second left: Kidong Park, Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Vietnam; Lesley Miller, Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Việt Nam; Nicolas Warnery, French ambassador to Vietnam; Paolo Epifani, Charge d’Affaires Italian Embassy in Vietnam; Vietnamese deputy health minister Trần Văn Thuấn; and Vietnamese deputy foreign minister Tô Anh Dũng participate in the symbolic handover ceremony of vaccine donation held in Hanoi on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Lim Khánh

 

According to the Vietnam Times, the foreign ministry held a ceremony in Hanoi to symbolically receive 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated to Việt Nam from the governments of Italy and France via COVAX.

 

The vaccine batches – 670,080 doses from France and 812,060 doses from Italy – arrived at Nội Bài International Airport in Hanoi late Monday night.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese deputy foreign minister Tô Anh Dũng expressed gratitude towards the two European countries for their contributions to Vietnam’s COVID-19 fight, saying that this donation represents the dynamic growth of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and France and Italy in recent years, as well as showcases the spirit of unity and solidarity in challenging times.

 

The Vietnamese diplomat reiterated appreciation for the COVAX initiative with its goal to ensure equitable and fair access to vaccine supply and noted that France and Italy are among the biggest European donors to the scheme.

Dũng said he believed French and Italian governments and people’s help to Vietnam – as well as to ASEAN in general – will help speed up the reopening process, facilitate travel for businesses and people.

 

Vietnamese deputy health minister Trần Văn Thuấn said the ministry would timely allocate the vaccine doses to localities and use them effectively.

 

On behalf of the Italian Government, Paolo Epifani, Charge d’Affaires at the Italian Embassy in Vietnam, said he highly valued Vietnam’s efforts in pandemic containment, and is happy to contribute to Việt Nam’s vaccination drive.

 

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has been among the first countries to support the importance of equal and universal access to vaccines, treatments, and tests for COVID-19, based on a principle of international solidarity according to which no one will be safe until everyone is safe," he said.

 

"With this donation, France is demonstrating its solidarity with Việt Nam through these difficult times: we stand together with the people of Việt Nam, as the country is facing a severe epidemic wave, by supporting vaccination efforts launched by the authorities," said French Ambassador to Vietnam, Nicolas Warnery.

 

"This support is in line with the longstanding and successful cooperation between France and Việt Nam in the medical field," he noted.

 

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery added that "vaccination is the only way out of this crisis. That is why France is committed to share 60 million doses in 2021, in addition to its financial contributions to the COVAX programme, to accelerate vaccination efforts worldwide. More broadly, France has been a major supporter to the ACT-A initiative which provides universal access to tests and treatments to fight COVID 19”.

 

Japan also donates

 

Japanese foreign minister Motegi Toshimitsu on Tuesday announced additional COVID-19 vaccine donation to Việt Nam, according to a statement from the Japanese embassy in Hà Nội.

 

Vietnam Times reported that during a press briefing held today, the Japanese diplomat said Japan would send another 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Vietnam.

 

This brings the total of vaccine donations from Japan to Việt Nam to 3.58 million doses, following the latest shipment of 80,000 doses that arrived on September 9.

 

The shipment would be delivered once preparations are finished.

 

The donation to Vietnam is part of a slew of more support Japan’s Asian partners – 300,000 more for Thailand, 100,000 for Brunei, and 500,000 for Taiwan.

 

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An elderly man in Hà Nội's Nam Từ Liêm District is receiving a COVID-19 vaccine jab on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo

 

 

 

 

 

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