The health ministry also registered to buy about 10 million additional doses through Covax, a program backed by WHO and other global health groups, the ministry said. In all, the government so far has wrapped up deals to acquire about 110 million vaccine doses. The ministry did not specify how Vietnam will acquire the Pfizer doses.
Vietnam has a deal with AstraZeneca Plc. to supply 30 million doses. The country also expects 38.9 million AstraZeneca doses this year through Covax.
The health ministry is still in talks with vaccine producers of Moderna Inc., Johnson & Johnson, CureVac NV, Russia’s Sputnik V and China’s Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd for more vaccines, the ministry said.
Vietnam has vaccinated 959,182 people as of May 13, according to the health ministry. Vietnam has reported 3,756 virus infections, including 728 local cases from April 27, and 35 deaths as of May 14 noon.
Xinhua said that Vietnam reported 127 new Covid-19 cases from 6 pm local time Saturday to 6am local time Sunday (May 16), raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,112, according to its Ministry of Health.
They are all locally transmitted cases detected in lockdown areas and quarantine facilities in northern localities, including 98 in Bac Giang province, 23 in Bac Ninh province, five in Dien Bien province and one in Hoa Binh province.
All the new cases are contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
Amid the complex development of the epidemic outbreak in the Covid-19 epicentre Bac Giang province, where the coronavirus has been spreading quickly at the factories in industrial parks, the health ministry has sent a team of experts to assist the province in epidemic prevention and control measures.
A total of 169 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Vietnam on Saturday, the highest number of new cases reported in a single day since the pandemic broke out in Vietnam early last year.
As of Sunday morning, Vietnam had recorded 2,649 domestically transmitted cases, including 1,079 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the ministry.