‘Vaccinations start in March’


The country announced it will begin its Covid-19 vaccination programme next month with frontline healthcare staff and the elderly in line for the first doses as the country tackles a new wave of coronavirus infections, state media reported.

The South-East Asian country expects to receive 60 million doses this year, including 30 million under the WHO-led Covax scheme, with a first batch of 204,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to arrive on Feb 28.

“The first wave of Covid-19 vaccinations, prioritising frontline medical workers and high-risk groups, will begin in March right after the first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrives and passes quality checks, ” the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Refrigerators able to store vaccines at temperatures of -86°C to -40°C had been prepared in the country’s three biggest cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, the paper said.

The government said previously it was in talks with Russian and US vaccine manufacturers on potential supply agreements, while it expects a home-grown vaccine to be ready for domestic inoculation by May.

Vietnam’s health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment its vaccination programme.

Late last month, Vietnam approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use days after the country detected the first locally transmitted cases in nearly two months.

Thanks to targeted mass testing and strict quarantining, Vietnam managed to successfully contain the virus for months but a fresh outbreak has proved more difficult to stamp out.

The country of 98 million people has recorded 791 new cases since the latest outbreak started last month, or about a third of its overall caseload of 2,383 infections since cases were first detected a year ago.

Vietnam has reported 35 deaths due to the virus. — Reuters

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

100% readers found this article insightful

Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines as at 7pm on Wednesday (March 3)
Stop the repression, Pope Francis tells Myanmar junta
Myanmar police 'shoot protesters with little warning', killing at least nine
Two sessions to set bold economic vision for China
Miss Universe Thailand fired as mental health ambassador
Vietnam's Van Don International Airport reopens
Lack of Covid jab for kids will make family vacations to Thailand impossible: research
Indonesian security forces kill two suspected militants
China concerned about racial discrimination against Chinese in Australia: FM
Thai Cabinet okays MoU on expanding trade ties with Russia

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers