Laos to get 1.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from US


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VIENTIANE, Dec 9 (Viemtiane Times/ANN): A total of 1.7 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine provided by the United States are scheduled to arrive in Vientiane this month, according to a source at the Ministry of Health familiar with the issue.

Health authorities said people most likely to develop severe symptoms from Covid-19 infections, including those over the age of 60 and people with underlying health conditions, will have access to the Pfizer vaccine.

A ceremony to hand over the shipment is planned at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. These vaccines will be the latest aid provided by the US, Laos’ major provider of Covid-19 vaccines.

The US is providing the vaccines to Laos via the World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed COVAX facility, and the Pfizer/BioNTech jab has been approved by the global health body for people aged 12 and up.

The US and Laos, together with COVAX partners such as the World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region and UNICEF Laos, are working to get these vaccines to the country as soon as possible.

In July, Laos received more than one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine that were donated by the US government.

The 1,008,000 doses were donated through the COVAX facility, a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and WHO, with UNICEF as the key delivery partner.

People should follow official Lao media for further updates and information.

Meanwhile, Laos has recorded 1,212 cases of Covid-19 across the country on Thursday (Dec 9), reports Laotian Times.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported that 4,925 tests were conducted across the country over the last 24 hours, with 1,212 new cases confirmed.

There were 1,196 cases of community spread and 16 imported cases across the country.

This highest number of cases on Thursday was seen in Oudomxay Province which reported saw 101 cases while Xieng Khouang Province saw 99 cases.

Laos now has 12,151 active cases of Covid-19, with 224 confirmed deaths, and 83,294 total cases.

Meanwhile, 751 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals around the country on Thursday.

First dose vaccinations have now reached 56.88% of the population, while second dose vaccinations have now reached 44.50%.

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