(VOVWORLD) – An additional 921,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, part of the purchase of 30 million doses from the company in 2021, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.
This is the fourth – and also the biggest shipment – from the deal AstraZeneca signed with the Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) in December last year, which agreed to sell their entire supply of this year to the Vietnamese health ministry on a not-for-profit basis.
To date, 1.9 million doses in the contracted amount have arrived in Vietnam.
Nearly 6.4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine – from VNVC, COVAX or aid donated by other countries – make up 71 percent of the available stockpile in Vietnam.
AstraZeneca was the first vaccine to obtain authorisation for emergency use in Vietnam. On July 14, additional 25,377 people received COVID-19 vaccine shots. Nearly 4.15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide so far, with 286,772 people receiving the full two doses.
Along with vaccination, the Health Ministry advised people to continue to strictly follow the “5K message” as well as other pandemic prevention and control measures.