The British government will donated 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam, British Secretary Dominic Raab announced on July 28.
|The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been made by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales. (Photo: Reuters)|
The donation is part of nine million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the UK will begin delivering to countries around the world this week.
This is the first batch of 100 million doses the UK will donate over the next year, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s commitment at G7 Summit in Cornwall last month.
About 80 million doses will go to COVAX and the rest will go directly to beneficiaries directly.
“The UK is sending 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Viet Nam as part of the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged, to those most in need in the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency. We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe,” said British Secretary Dominic Raab.
Announcing the news, British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth War said reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to support Vietnam to accelerate its national programme vaccination, as well as to make the vaccines accessible to the people most vulnerable to the virus.
“These vaccines will soon be handed over to the Vietnamese health authority and distributed to those most in need across Vietnam,” said the diplomat. “The UK will continue to share our experience in vaccine rollout and genomic testing, to ensure Vietnam’s programme is successful.’
According to the ambassador, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been made by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales. VOV
Vietnam is set to receive COVID-19 vaccine donations from the governments of the UK and the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has announced.
Vietnam expects to have 3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine from now to September.