Vietnam gets 2 million vaccines from the USA


As the Southeast Asian country faces its deadliest outbreak, Vietnam has received the first shipment of two million doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine given by the US government, according to the American Embassy in Hanoi on Saturday (July 10).
According to an emailed statement from the embassy, the shipment, which was sent via the Covax sharing facility, is part of President Joe Biden’s commitment of 80 million vaccine doses from US vaccine supplies to meet global needs.
After effectively suppressing the coronavirus for most of the pandemic, Vietnam has been dealing with a more persistent epidemic since late April, prompting calls for the government to speed up vaccinations.
On Friday, the Ministry of Health recorded 1,625 new infections, the fifth day in a row with more than 1,000 cases. Vietnam has had 26,600 infections and 110 deaths, which is still low compared to European countries, India, and the United States.
The majority of new cases in Vietnam are in the epicenter, Ho Chi Minh City, which began 15 days of broad movement restrictions on Friday and a few other cities.
On Saturday, state media reported that half of the Moderna dosages would be distributed to Ho Chi Minh City’s nine million residents.


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