|“The US side has said it is also considering more vaccine donations to Vietnam soon,” the ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc said in a speech posted on a government website. (Photo by=AFP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] HANOI: While Vietnam struggles to control outbreaks of the fast-spreading Delta variant of the virus, the United States considers providing additional coronavirus vaccines to the Southeast Asian Country, according to its ambassador to the United States announced on Sunday (Jul 25), Reuters reported.
Vietnam has been facing rapid outbreaks of infections, with daily cases repeatedly hitting new highs, following the successful containment of the virus for much of the pandemic. Vietnam took delivery of a shipment of 3 million Moderna doses from the United States on Sunday, taking the amount given by the United States, via the global COVAX vaccine scheme, to 5 million doses.
Vietnam is also negotiating with the United States on domestic production of mRNA vaccines, its foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that production could begin in the fourth quarter or early in 2022. The ministry didn’t identify the US and Vietnamese companies involved in the talks. State media reported on Saturday Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup was in talks with San Diego-headquartered Arcturus Therapeutics Holding on mRNA vaccine production. Nearly half of the latest shipment of Moderna vaccines will be sent to that city, the US Embassy in Hanoi said on Saturday. Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 7,968 infections on Saturday, a record daily increase.