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Vietnam will receive 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine weekly starting in July | India News


HANOI: One million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine will be transferred weekly to Vietnam starting next month to fulfill its request for 30 million doses within this year, state media reported Tuesday.
Vietnam, which has received around 4.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far, has relied heavily on the AstraZeneca brand for its inoculation program, which began in March.
Its vaccines have come through donations, the Covax vaccine exchange scheme, and government procurement.
“The order for 30 million doses from Vietnam will be fulfilled in 2021,” the Vietnam News Agency reported.
The report did not indicate which country the AstraZeneca vaccine would come from.
The Health Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment and AstraZeneca in Britain was unable to immediately provide comment.
Vietnam’s mass immunization campaign and vaccine procurement have lagged behind many countries, with only 121,681 of its 98 million people fully vaccinated so far. About 2.5 million people have received a dose.
The country has had one of Asia’s best records for containing the virus, but an outbreak since late April, the largest yet, has accelerated the government’s efforts to shore up supplies.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s homegrown vaccine Nanocovax has completed a phase three clinical trial in 1,000 volunteers and will continue to test another 12,000 people, the government said.

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