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Australia donates 7.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnamese children
  • | | May 10, 2022 05:36 PM
Australia’s Deputy Head of Mission in Vietnam, Mark Tattersall joined Vietnamese Vice Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen at a ceremony at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology on Tuesday to formally handover more than 7.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for paediatric use.

The first delivery of paediatric vaccine doses arrived on April 8, and the remaining doses were delivered throughout April. The final delivery of 772,000 doses arrived on May 7.

Vice Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, Deputy Ambassador Mark Tattersall, and officials from the Ministry of Health, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and Australian Embassy attend the handover ceremony on May 10.

These new Covid-19 vaccine doses build on the 7.8 million doses Australia has already provided to Vietnam for its adult population. Australia is also delivering a comprehensive package of support to bolster Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Under this package, Australia is working in partnership with UNICEF to support cold chain upgrades, training for healthcare workers, production of communications materials, and planning and implementation of the vaccine rollout in remote provinces in Vietnam.

Deputy Head of Mission Tattersall congratulated Vietnam on its Covid-19 vaccine rollout to date and welcomed the next phase of Australia’s support.

“These paediatric Covid-19 vaccine doses will help bolster Vietnam’s efforts to contain Covid-19," he said. "I have been delighted to see Vietnam’s paediatric Covid-19 vaccination rollout commence with the vaccines newly arrived from Australia.”

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