HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam obtained the primary batch of 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday forward of the deliberate rollout of the Southeast Asian nation’s vaccination programme from subsequent month.
The vaccines, which arrived at Ho Chi Minh Metropolis on a flight from South Korea, will probably be used to inoculate greater than 50,000 people who find themselves seen as excessive danger, the federal government stated in an announcement.
Deputy well being minister, Truong Quoc Cuong, was on the airport to satisfy the consignment of vaccines flown in from Seoul, in response to media.
South Korea’s SK Bioscience has a plant that has been accredited to fabricate the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The batch is a part of 30 million doses that the Vietnam Vaccine Joint Inventory Co., an organization set as much as deal with vaccine import and distribution, will herald, the federal government stated.
Vietnam stated on Tuesday well being employees, diplomats and army personnel could be among the many first to be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.
The Southeast Asian nation with a inhabitants of 98 million has stated it is going to obtain 60 million vaccine doses this 12 months, together with half underneath the WHO-led COVAX scheme.
Vietnam was lauded globally for holding the virus for months utilizing mass testing and strict quarantining, although has confronted a current new wave of infections.
The nation has recorded 811 new COVID-19 circumstances because the newest outbreak began final month or a few third of its total caseload of two,403 infections since infections had been first detected a 12 months in the past. Vietnam has reported 35 deaths because of the virus.
(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Modifying by Ed Davies)