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PM thanks Australia for COVID-19 vaccine donation

by NDO/VNA07 October 2021 Last updated at 15:00 PM

Deputy Minister of Health receives vaccine and medical equipment donated by Australia. (Photo: MOH)
Deputy Minister of Health receives vaccine and medical equipment donated by Australia. (Photo: MOH)

VTV.vn - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on October 6 sent a thank-you letter to his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for Australia’s donations of COVID-19 vaccine and medical equipment to Vietnam’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier the same day, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Modie handed over additional 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Australia, and medical supplies, including medical masks and personal protective suits, to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong.

So far, Australia has donated over 700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam, as part of its commitment to share 1.5 million doses to support the Southeast Asian nation’s pandemic fight.

Australia also announced that it will support Vietnam with 3.7 more million doses of vaccine in the near future through an agreement with UNICEF and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, lifting the total number of vaccines it committed to provide for Vietnam to 5.2 million doses worth AUD60 million (over US$43.6 million).

The Australian side is working in partnership with UNICEF to support cold chain upgrades, training for healthcare workers, communications, and planning and implementation of the vaccine rollout in remote provinces in Vietnam.

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