Jul 14, 2021 / 22:57

JULY 14: Vietnam’s coronavirus infections hit record high at 2,924

To date, half of the country’s total caseload was detected in Ho Chi Minh City.

The locally-transmitted coronavirus cases in Vietnam set another daily record, at 2,924 on July 14, the third straight day having more than 2,000 cases each.

 A road in Ho Chi Minh City was left deserted in the restriction period. Photo: HCDC

The majority of the daily infections was detected in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), lifting its total to 18,802, followed by Bac Giang 5,726, Binh Duong 1,887, Bac Ninh 1,672, Dong Thap 782, Hanoi 546, Phu Yen 524, Dong Nai 371, and Danang 289.

So far, only five out of 63 cities and provinces are unaffected by Covid-19 which has caused 37,434 infections, including 138 deaths.

News on vaccine supply helps ease the high number of infections. Pfizer today said it would provide 20 million doses in the fourth quarter this year for nine million children aged between 12 and 18, John Paul Pullicino, Country Manager and Chief Representative of Pfizer Vietnam, said at the meeting with Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long on July 14.

On May 10, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.

At the meeting, John Paul Pullicino revealed the supply roadmap of 31 million doses that were inked in the contract with the health minister. Accordingly, it will deliver about one million doses in July, 3.4 million doses in August and September, and about 27 million doses in the fourth quarter.

It means that Pfizer will supply Vietnam with 47 million doses from now until the year-end.

 Coronavirus infections in Vietnam. Source: MoH. Chart: Minh Vu