ECONOMYNEXT – The United State will give 1.5 million Moderna vaccines to Vietnam, the White House said while Japan donated the second million AstraZeneca vaccines to the country.
“This week, both Guatemala and Vietnam will be receiving COVID vaccine doses from the Biden-Harris administration,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at the daily briefing on July 07.
“Guatemala will receive 1.5 million doses of Moderna, and Vietnam will receive 2 million doses of Moderna.”
Vietnam has cutting edge diplomacy having dealt in international fora since the middle of the last century in pushing for independence eventually defeating the French to win independence and then trying to win recognition.
Vietnam State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 30 sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on May 30 thanking the US for pledging 4 billion US dollars to WHOs Covax initiative saying his country had already received 2.5 million doses from the facility.
President Phuc also suggested that Vietnam co-produce Covid vaccines, the Vietnam government news portal reported.
Vietnam has ordered 31 million doses from Pfizer, the first tranche arrived in the country on July 08 which was received by Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong and Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Vietnam Chris Klein.
In the 1980s Vietnam persuaded the US to lift a trade embargo and reformists struck a bi-lateral trade agreement which committed East Asian nations into deep trade and investment reforms which attracted Western investment and led to public listing of state banks.
Japan donated one million doses of AstraZeneca to Vietnam in June. The first batch of the second million arrived on July 01 and the second is expected on July 08, Vietnam’s Touitre newspaper reported.
A large number of Japanese firms have invested in Vietnam and several thousand Japanese people live in Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere. HCMC has seen a Coronavirus surge which has defied efforts to control it so far.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said that Japan will send an additional 1.13 million doses vaccine to Taiwan on July 8, after sending 1 .24 million doses last month.
Japan had also given AstraZeneca to the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Thailand and the Philippines will receive get million doses of vaccine each. (Colombo/July07/2021)