UK, Czech Republic to Gift Vietnam 665,000 Covid Vaccines

The U.K. and the Czech Republic have promised donations of 415,000 and 250,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam.

Britain’s donation is part of nine million vaccines it will begin delivering this week to countries around the world as the first of 100 million Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged it would share at last month’s G7 Summit.

At least 80 million doses will go to the Covax facility, while the rest will go directly to other countries.

“We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, as cited in a statement of the U.K. Embassy in Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Czech Republic would gift Vietnam 250,000 doses without specifying which vaccine.

Vietnam has secured deals for 130 million doses so far and is in talks with other manufacturers for another 40 million shots, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said last Sunday, adding the former are expected to arrive this year and in early 2022.

The government aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the country’s 96 million population by April next year.

So far more than 5.2 million have received shots, with 496,630 being fully vaccinated.

The Czech Republic is also donating 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan.

Since a rare spike in domestic cases began in May, the government has received almost six million vaccine doses gifted by Japan and the United States, enabling it to speed up an inoculation program that it said had been hampered initially by China, though Beijing denies playing any negative role.

The Czech Republic’s decision to donate vaccines to Taiwan follows similar actions by Lithuania and Slovakia.

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