Australia to Donate Over 400,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines to Vietnam

Australia announced on Aug. 26 that it will donate over 400,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam this week.

This week’s delivery is the first installment of 1.5 million doses that Australia committed to share with Vietnam this year, according to a joint statement from Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and International Development and the Pacific Minister Zed Seselja.

The delivery also comes on top of Australia’s $40 million package of vaccine-related support to the Southeast Asian country.

The statement further said that Australia was partnering with the United Nations Children’s Fund to procure additional doses to Vietnam, as well as provide funding for medical equipment and training for healthcare workers.

The delivery announcement came a day after Australia donated over 30,000 vaccines with Vanuatu, Seselja announced on Twitter.

Australia said that it has now shared over two million doses with the Pacific and Southeast Asia, which comes as part of its commitment to deliver at least 20 million doses to the region by mid-2022, the statement said.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Vietnam has fully vaccinated only 1.99% of its population.

Vietnam recorded 12,096 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to 381,363.

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