Germany to offer about 2.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Vietnam

VOV.VN - The German government has decided to gift approximately 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to support Vietnam in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, said the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 4.

Earlier the German government also announced its decision to provide Vietnam with a batch of medical equipment, including 75 ventilators, 15 medical monitors, and 20,000 oxygen meters.

This is valuable and timely support, demonstrating the solidarity of the German Government and people towards Vietnam in the challenging period and a vivid testament to the strategic partnership   between the two countries.

Amid the complicated pandemic, the Vietnamese Government prioritises having access to multiple  vaccine sources to conduct mass vaccination to bring the pandemic under control.

The German government's aid has been so far the largest support of an EU member state to Vietnam.

Germany is one of the world's largest donors to the COVAX mechanism with total committed aid of 2.2 billion euros.

As a contribution to facilitating the global vaccine access mechanism, as of late August, Germany has started to share surplus vaccine resources and other medical equipment with partners through bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

Germany is poised to donate 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries by the end of this year.

One day earlier, the Japanese Government also decided to provide additional COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam as a result of the constant efforts made by the Government's vaccine diplomacy working group.

The vaccine is expected to arrive in Vietnam on September 9. Japan has to date offered about 3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Vietnam.

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