A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. — AFP/VNA Picture
WASHINGTON — America despatched Việt Nam two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the White Home mentioned, in its newest help to nations struggling to tame the pandemic.
The Moderna vaccine cargo – a part of a primary 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate worldwide – ought to arrive in Việt Nam this weekend, a White Home official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, instructed AFP.
“That is just the start of doses being shipped to southeast Asia,” the official mentioned.
One million doses went to Malaysia on Monday and final week the White Home introduced supply “quickly” of 4 million doses to Indonesia.
Different regional nations in line for a share of the 80 million doses are Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Thailand.
Việt Nam was initially seen as a mannequin for resisting the pandemic. Nevertheless, vaccination charges are low within the nation of about 97 million folks and the previous few weeks have seen infections rise sharply.
The Biden administration official mentioned the supply to Việt Nam, made by means of the World Well being Group’s COVAX programme, is a part of a method geared toward “ending the pandemic in every single place.”
“We’re sharing these doses to not safe favors or extract concessions. Our vaccines don’t include strings connected,” the official mentioned, repeating the White Home’s established line.
Saying the Việt Nam batch, the White Home famous that its donations overseas whole “considerably greater than another nation has despatched.” — AFP