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263,000 vaccine doses presented by U.S. arrive in Vietnam

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HCMC – An additional 263,000 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, part of the one million doses donated by the United States, arrived in Vietnam today, August 27, according to the Ministry of Health.

On August 26, 770,000 Pfizer vaccine doses as part of the 31 million doses bought by Vietnam, over 700,000 Pfizer doses presented by the U.S. and some 400,000 AstraZeneca doses donated by Australia were shipped to Vietnam, the local media reported.

In addition, two batches of 1.44 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses, part of the 30 million doses ordered by Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VCVN), also arrived in HCMC on the same day.

The Ministry of Health has distributed more than 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses ordered by VCVN, over 501,000 AstraZeneca doses presented by Poland, 300,000 AstraZeneca doses donated by Romania and 10,000 Sputnik V doses presented by Russia.

As of August 27, Vietnam had received more than 26 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and administered over 18.52 million doses.

This weekend, another batch of millions of AstraZeneca doses is expected to arrive in the country.

Next month, 9.3 million other doses may be shipped to the country.

However, the vaccination progress is moving slowly. Over the past few days, 300,000-400,000 vaccine doses were administered per day, while Vietnam must administer at least 500,000 doses per day to meet the target.

In related news, HCMC conducted around one million quick Covid-19 tests from August 23 to 25 and found that 3.5%, 3.2% and 3.8% of the samples positive for Covid-19 on August 23, 24 and 25, respectively.

Today, August 27, the Ministry of Health and the HCMC Department of Health will put Covid-19 antiviral Molnupiravir into use in HCMC.

The city has also exceeded its target of establishing 400 pop-up healthcare stations and had 403 stations as of August 26. In the coming days, the healthcare sector will check the number of new Covid-19 cases to continue establishing new stations so that each station can be in charge of 50-100 Covid-19 cases.

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