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U.S. donation of 1.66 million Pfizer doses arrives in HCMC

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A shipment of more than 1.66 million doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine donated by the U.S. arrived in HCMC on March 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.

Up to now, the U.S. has provided over 26 million doses of the Covid vaccine, mostly Pfizer, to Vietnam through the COVAX Facility, becoming Vietnam’s biggest donor of the Covid vaccine.

“We are proud to partner with Vietnam in the fight against Covid and in building back better as we work toward recovery together,” Ambassador of the U.S. to Vietnam Marc Knapper said.

As of March 1, Vietnam had administered some 195 million doses of Covid vaccines nationwide, including 178.2 million doses for people aged 18 or older and 16.8 million doses for children aged between 12 and 17.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday officially approved the Comirnaty (Pfizer BioNTech) Covid vaccine for use for children aged 5-11, with a dosage lower than that used in people aged 12 and above.

According to Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, the procedures to purchase nearly 22 million doses of the Pfizer vaccines for children aged 5-11 have been “basically completed”.

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