France and Italy sponsored Vietnam with 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca through COVAX, bringing the total number of vaccines Vietnam received from this mechanism to 11.7 million doses.
The symbolic awarding ceremony of the above vaccines took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning, according to information from the government’s working group. Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung thanked and appreciated the support of France and Italy, making practical contributions to the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic in Vietnam.
The Deputy Minister also highly appreciated the initiative to establish a COVAX mechanism to ensure fair and equal access to the Covid-19 vaccine globally. France and Italy are two of the leading donors of the European Union (EU) to the COVAX mechanism.
With additional sources from France and Italy, Vietnam currently receives more than 11.7 million doses of vaccine through the COVAX mechanism. France and Italy are currently the two EU member states that provide the largest vaccine donor to Vietnam.
Dr. Kidong Park, UN Resident Coordinator, Chief Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), on behalf of COVAX, thanked France and Italy for the contributions of France and Italy to Vietnam, and believed that Vietnam would implement it. effective vaccination strategy based on the principle of prioritizing vulnerable groups, especially health workers, frontline workers, the elderly, and people with underlying diseases.