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Vietnam sees slight increase in daily Covid infections

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health today, June 6, announced 806 fresh Covid cases detected in 45 provinces and cities, up by 117 cases against yesterday.

Hanoi took the lead by case number, at 204, followed by Bac Ninh with 76 cases. The remaining localities reported fewer than 65 cases each.

More than 9,000 patients were declared free of the disease in the day, bringing the country’s total recoveries to over 9.5 million. One Covid death was reported in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long today.

In related news, at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) last week, Elsbeth Akkerman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, represented the Government of the Netherlands to donate two million doses of the Moderna Covid vaccine to Vietnam to vaccinate children aged 5-12.

Speaking at the donation handover ceremony, Dang Duc Anh, head of the NIHE, expressed his gratitude to the Dutch Government and people, as well as diplomatic missions of the Netherlands in Vietnam for providing vaccine support to Vietnam.

Along with nearly 14.5 million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines donated by the Australian Government to Vietnam earlier, Vietnam has received a total of around 16.5 million doses to inoculate children of this age group.

Of the two Covid vaccines that Vietnam has used to vaccinate this group of children, Moderna is for children aged 6-12, and Pfizer for those aged 5-12.

The Health Ministry has allocated some seven million doses to localities across the country.

Vietnam launched its vaccination campaign for this group of children on April 14. The northern province of Quang Ninh was the first locality to vaccinate its children of this age group.

Data from the Health Ministry showed that the country had given over 4.6 million doses only to children aged 5-12 as of June 3.

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