Vietnam gives approval to using Sinopharm vaccine from China

State media has reported today that Vietnam has given approval for the Sinopharm vaccine from China to be used against Covid-19, which makes it the third shot to be endorsed in the Southeast Asian country that is dealing new outbreak of infections.

According to the report from the official Vietnam News Agency, the health ministry has issued the decision to approve use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine. Vietnam has just previously approved the AstraZeneca vaccine as well as the Russia’s Sputnik V. The ministry has not given any immediate response to the email requesting for comment regarding the matter.

Vietnam has been stepping up in its efforts to boost its vaccine procurement drive in order to deal with the spreading wave of infections even though Vietnam’s overall case load as well as its numbers of fatality remain in relatively low.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said on Wednesday that Vietnam has been close in achieving its target of obtaining 150 million doses of vaccines for the year in order to vaccinate the 75 per cent of the country’s population of 98 million.

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