The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen and Australian Deputy Head of Mission in Vietnam Mark Tattersall.

The Australian government committed more than 14 million vaccine doses, along with medical supplies for the vaccine rollout in Vietnam.

Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen (L) and Deputy Ambassador Mark Tattersall recognize Australia’s donation of 7,223,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses for Vietnam’s pediatric vaccine roll-out. (Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of Australia to Vietnam)

Addressing the event, Tuyen thanked the Australian government and people for their support for Vietnam in public health care, especially the fight against COVID-19.

He pledged that the vaccine will be promptly distributed to localities, adding that the inoculation campaign for children aged 5-12 is taken as one of the important tasks of the health sector this year.

For his part, Tattersall said Australia has already provided Vietnam with 7.8 million doses of vaccine for its adult population to boost its economic and social recovery from COVID-19.

“These pediatric COVID-19 vaccine doses will help bolster Vietnam’s efforts to contain COVID-19, by extending the vaccine rollout to protect younger people in Vietnam, assisting with the return to the new normal,” he said.

As of May 9, Vietnam had administered over 1.85 million vaccine doses for children, and strives to complete the work by June, Tuyen said.

The official expressed his hope that the Australian side will soon make official announcement about the remaining batches of 7.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine for Vietnam through UNICEF.

Source: VNA