The United States reported this Wednesday that in the next 24 hours it will begin to deliver to Vietnam an additional batch of one million vaccines against Covid-19, from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, to face the escalation of positive cases suffered by that Asian country, especially in the city of Ho Chi Minh, where the population complies with strict confinement measures since this Monday.
The incorporation of these new doses will suppose a total donation of six million vaccines by the United States towards Vietnam.
“I know that the Vietnamese population faces a difficult time now, “said the vice president of the North American country, Kamala Harris, during the announcement she made in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, on the first day of her official visit.
Harris, the first American vice president to arrive in the Indochinese country, began his official schedule on Wednesday with a courtesy call to his Vietnamese colleague, Vo Thi Anh Xuan. Subsequently, he later met with the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and the Prime Minister of that country, Pham Minh Chinh.
Kamala Harris met with the Vietnamese Prime Minister. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein / AP
Since he arrived in the Asian region last Sunday (his first stop was Singapore), who seconded Joe Biden in the US Government insisted on the decision to collaborate with the countries of the area in the fight against the pandemic. He also clarified that donations of vaccines and other equipment they do not entail any compensation.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam, a nation with more than 96 million inhabitants, accumulates 369 thousand positive cases of Covid-19 and just over 9 thousand deaths as a result of that virus. What happens is that during this month the average number of new infected daily skyrocketed, a situation that raised the alarm in a country that, thanks to an early response, until April of this year was one of the countries least affected by the pandemic, despite limiting with China.
The shipment of the vaccines could help to trace the slow progress of vaccination in Vietnam, where so far only the 16.1% of the inhabitants with one dose and 1.9% with the complete guideline, according to data from “Our World in Data”.
Cuba also collaborates
This Tuesday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health assured that Cuba will also send vaccines against coronavirus developed in the Central American country, located at the ideological antipodes of the United States. He also assured that he will transfer technology for the local production of these doses by the end of this year.
The Abdala vaccine, developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Cuba, has an efficacy of 92.2 percent with three doses in the final phase of studies, according to data from the authorities of that country.
The American vice president made the announcement in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. Photo Manan Vatsyayana / AP
The Vietnamese government indicated that the offer was generated in a telephone conversation between Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Cuban colleague, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who he did not give details of the number of doses he will send.
What Díaz-Canel did do was thank Xuan Phuc for the sending rice to help the Cuban population affected by the pandemic, which has caused more than 500,000 cases and 4,600 deaths on the Caribbean island.
With information from EFE