UNICEF / US COVID-19 VACCINES VIET NAM

12-Jul-2021 00:02:05
Viet Nam received over two million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated to the COVAX Facility by the United States Government on Saturday. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / US COVID-19 VACCINES VIET NAM
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DATELINE: 10 JULY 2021, NOI BAI, VIET NAM
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10 JULY 2021, NOI BAI, VIET NAM

1. Various shots, cargo being transported across tarmac
2. Various shots, Qatar Airways plane carrying vaccines landing and taxing
3. Various shots, crew bringing equipment to offload vaccines from plane
4. Various shots, vaccines being offloaded from plane
5. Various shots, vaccines being transported across tarmac
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Viet Nam received over two million doses of the Moderna vaccine donated to the COVAX Facility by the United States Government on Saturday (10 Jul).

UNICEF said the shipment is part of the 80 million doses of vaccine that the President of the United States committed in May from the US vaccine supply, of which approximately 41 million doses are shared through COVAX, to support global needs.

UNICEF said Viet Nam has successfully managed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020. However, due to supply constraints globally, the vaccination rates are still low, with about four percent of the population vaccinated to date while the number of infections have been rising sharply in the last few weeks.

The United States said it was committed to working with partners across the globe to end the public health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through USAID, the United States has contributed two billion USD to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle- income countries and plans to commit another two billion USD by 2022, making the United States the largest financial donor to COVAX. In addition to this vaccine donation, the United States has contributed over 17.7 million USD in COVID-19 related assistance to Viet Nam since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to today’s shipment, Viet Nam has previously received 2,493,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI - the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF as a key delivery partner.

Since the arrival of the first shipment of vaccines from the COVAX Facility in early April, close to four million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Viet Nam. The additional vaccines will help the Ministry of Health to expand coverage and reach more people from priority groups, contributing to attaining the country’s target of vaccinating more than 70 per cent of population by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

UNICEF said, while the continuous arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility is encouraging, it will take some time for every priority group to be vaccinated.
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