Abdala vaccine approved as president visits Cuba


More options: Abdala is the eighth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam. — Reuters

The country has approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the coronavirus, the government said as it is battling its worst outbreak.

Abdala becomes the eighth Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, with only 6.3% of its 98 million people having received at least two shots.

The announcement came after President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi for an official visit to Havana.

Vietnam has recorded 667,650 coronavirus infections and 16,637 deaths, the vast majority in the Delta-driven outbreak from April.

“The ministry of health has approved Abdala vaccine, based on the urgent need for its Covid-19 fight,” the government said.

The ministry last month said Cuba would supply large quantities of Abdala to Vietnam and transfer the production technology by the end of the year.

Vietnam and Cuba are among the last five Communist-ruled countries in the world, along with China, Laos and North Korea. — Reuters

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