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More than 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine returned to Vietnam


More than two million doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived in Hanoi early in the morning of November 26, thanks to US support to Vietnam through the Covax Mechanism.

The US Embassy on the afternoon of November 26 said some other batches of vaccines were also on their way to Vietnam. To date, the US has supported Vietnam with a total of more than 18 million doses of vaccines through Covax.

On November 24, according to AFP, a White House official revealed 4.1 million doses of the vaccine are being shipped to Vietnam, bringing the number of doses of US global aid to nearly 270 million.

“As President Joe Biden has said, the United States will be the stockpile of vaccines in the fight against Covid-19,” said a senior White House official, who declined to be named.

At the Global Covid-19 Summit on September 22, the US announced its commitment to provide an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer to 92 low- and middle-income countries around the world, including Vietnam. The US is currently the largest donor of a Covid-19 vaccine globally, more than other leading economies such as China, Japan, and the UK.

On the evening of November 25, more than 1,540,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan returned to Vietnam on a plane carrying Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking delegation. To date, Japan has supported Vietnam with a total of 5.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Currently, Vietnam has vaccinated more than 114.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, of which more than 68.4 million first shots, more than 46.1 million second doses.

Pfizer vaccine batches at Noi Bai airport warehouse in the morning of November 26. Photo: DHL

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