French President Emmanuel Macron has announced today that France will share 670,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine with Vietnam under the COVAX Facility.
|French President Emmanuel Macron announced the vaccine donation on Twitter. Photo: internet |
“To win this fight against the pandemic, access to vaccines must be global and equitable. This is why France will share 670,000 doses with Vietnam, as part of the COVAX programme," Macron wrote on Twitter.
Vietnam has launched its largest-ever vaccination campaign with a view to administer 150 million vaccine doses for 70 per cent of the population by the end of the first quarter of 2022. The country has so far received 18 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sputnik V, and Sinopharm.
As of present, Vietnam has administered around 11.4 million vaccine jabs including 10.3 million first doses and over one million second doses. Over the past two week, the country has accelerated its vaccination campaign with 400,000 jabs a day.
Many foreign countries and partners have committed to support Vietnam with vaccines including the COVAX scheme, the US, Japan, China, Russia, the Czech Republic, the UK, Romania, and Australia with thousands of vaccine doses.
France, where more than 50 per cent of people are fully vaccinated, is sending the shots to Vietnam as part of the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme.
COVAX is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Alongside key delivery partner UNICEF, COVAX is the vaccine pillar of the ACT Accelerator ACT-A , a global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.