Vietnam ranks lowest in Southeast Asia Covid-19 inoculation
Vietnam has a long way to go to get the herd immunity amid the thin supply of Covid-19 vaccines.
The number of people who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines in Vietnam is lowest among Southeast Asian nations, less than 1 shot (0.98) per 100 people.
|AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine administered to a doctor in Danang on May 12, 2021. Photo: Quang Hai/Kinh Te Do Thi|
Statistics by Vietnam's Ministry of Health showed that the Covid-19 vaccine has so far been administered to nearly 955,000 people, or nearly 1% out of 98 million people in the country.
In comparison, as of May 10, the figure in the Philippines is 2.27, Thailand 2.57, Myanmar 2.79, Laos 3.77, Brunei 4.29, Malaysia 5.54, Indonesia 8.12, Cambodia 17.46, and Singapore 54.44, according to Our World in Data.
Vietnam currently uses AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for the inoculation program that has begun since March 8.
The country has got 811,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine under the global vaccine sharing COVAX Facility and 117,000 imported by Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC).
|Covid-19 inoculation program in Southeast Asian countries. Source: Our World in Data. Chart: Minh Vu|
According to Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, Vietnam might get an amount of 4.1 million doses from the COVAX Facility in May.
To secure the population immunity, the country needs 150 million doses, Long said, adding that the ministry is working with foreign vaccine suppliers to procure the volume while developing domestic production.
In the latest move, Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan on May 5 said that by early 2022, Vietnam is expected to get roughly 102 million doses, including 39 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under the global vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility, 30 million doses of AstraZeneca bought by VNVC, two million doses donated by some organizations and countries, and 31 million doses in deals signed between the ministry and some suppliers.
Japan is among some countries having pledged to transfer Covid-19 vaccine production technology to Vietnam.
Vietnamy is rushing to complete the third phase of human trial of home-grown Nano Covax for emergency use.
To reach herd immunity, recent estimates by international scientists suggested that 70% to 90% of the world’s population would need to be inoculated.
- Prime Minister urges proactive response to natural disasters
- Vietnam win second match of Asian futsal tournament
- Vietnam, Cuba ink action plan for further economic ties 2023-2025
- Cuban Prime Minister arrives in Vietnam, first visit outside Latin America
- Vietnam’s futsal team win convincing victory against South Korea
- Vietnam expects support from Warburg Pincus in energy and policy development
- Vietnam and Germany prepare for high-ranking exchange visits
- IPP matters a lot to economic growth, innovation: US Ambassador
- [UPDATED] Typhoon Noru hits Central Vietnam, curfew imposed
- Typhoon Noru coming on, Vietnam closes nine airports
Hanoi's GRDP growth surges 9.69% in nine months
Vietnam records first monkeypox case
Vietnam among fastest growing economies in East Asia – Pacific region: WB
Vietnam needs to expand airport network to relieve pressure on infrastructure
Vietnamese, foreign firms must store data in cyberspace from October
Trade cooperation: Highlight of Vietnam-EU relations
Khau Pha Paragliding Festival offers spectacular scenery from a bird-eye view
[Infographic] Hanoi ranks second in Vietnam 2022 e-Business Index
Vietnam Airlines listed among the world’s best 100