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Vietnam expects to receive over 20 million Covid vaccine doses this month

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – More than 20 million Covid vaccine doses will be shipped to Vietnam this month, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long told the Government’s regular meeting yesterday, September 6.

The health minister said that the country is expected to have around 90 million doses of Covid vaccine by the end of the year, excluding the doses given through the COVAX Facility.

Specifically, aside from the 20 million doses set to arrive in the country in September, an additional 70 million doses will be delivered to the country in the rest of the year.

Minister Long urged localities to speed up their vaccination drives in the upcoming months and administer one million doses a day to meet the country’s vaccination target.

The ministry asked five localities—HCMC, Hanoi, Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai—to complete giving residents the first dose before September 15.

As for the Covid vaccine for local children, following the prime minister’s direction, the ministry has worked closely with vaccine suppliers to work out a detailed vaccination plan.

As for a travel plan for fully vaccinated people, Long revealed that the ministry is studying piloting this plan in some southern localities as well as issuing guidelines about Covid prevention measures for double-dosed residents.

The minister explained that fully vaccinated people can still catch Covid and transmit the virus to others, even though the possibility of getting exposed to Covid, turning worse after exposure and infecting others will decline.

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