HANOI, Sept 17 (Bernama): Indonesia and the Philippines have received more Covid-19 vaccine aid via the COVAX Facility, while Thailand is confident in realising its goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of the population.
On Friday, Indonesia received 2.6 million doses of the Pfizer Bio-NTech vaccine from the United States (US), as well as 1 million doses of Moderna vaccine and 968,360 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from France via the COVAX Facility.
According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), to date, the US has granted 12 million doses of vaccine for Indonesia, with the French Government committing to give the nation 3 million doses.
Meanwhile, the US government will begin shipping 2.58 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the Philippines through the COVAX global distribution programme, a White House official said on Thursday.
The latest shipments of Pfizer Bio-NTech vaccines, bring the total number of vaccines sent to the Philippines to over 9 million, the official said.
In Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed belief that the country will achieve the goal of vaccinating 50 million people, or about 70 per cent of the population, against COVID-19 at the end of this year.
The official said that the vaccination rate in Thailand is currently at a high level of 700,000 doses a day.
On Thursday, Thailand had injected 41,858,386 doses of COVID-19 vaccines of all kinds, fulfilling 41.86 per cent of the plan to inject a total of 100 million doses by the end of the year. Currently, about 20.81 per cent of the local population is fully vaccinated. - Bernama