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Italy to donate 1.2 million more Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam

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HCMC – The Government of Italy will give over 1.2 million more Covid vaccine doses to Vietnam to help the country bring the pandemic under control, according to the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Vietnam.

The additional donation will raise Italy’s total aid to Vietnam to over 2.8 million Covid vaccine doses, the delegation wrote on Twitter on September 28.

Vietnam had earlier received two batches of vaccine doses from the European country. On August 25, Italy donated 801,600 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam via the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (Covax) Facility before presenting a further 796,000 AstraZeneca doses on September 21.

To date, Italy is one of the EU members that have offered the most assistance to Vietnam through the Covax Facility, the local media reported.

Italy and France have donated over 2.8 million and 670,080 doses, respectively, to Vietnam through the Covax Facility, according to a tweet by the Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam.

Besides, Germany has offered a direct bilateral donation of 3.45 million vaccine doses to Vietnam, with 2.6 million doses arriving in the country on September 26.

Other EU members, including Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, have also made a direct bilateral donation of vaccine doses to Vietnam.

The European Union will continue to stand with Vietnam in the fight against Covid-19, according to the delegation.

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