More than 811,000 doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Vietnam as part of a global initiative to share vaccines equitably across the world.
Australia’s $80 million contribution to the COVAX AMC has helped make this first round of deliveries possible.
“Australia will do this in partnership with your country’s priorities and needs,” Robyn Mudie, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam said.
“There is no higher priority for Australia than working with our neighbours to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.”
This is the first delivery of vaccines for Vietnam as part of the COVAX AMC, which has allocated 25 million doses in this initial round to Southeast Asia, including 4.1 million doses for Vietnam.
Further COVAX AMC allocations will be announced later this year to ensure all eligible countries have sufficient doses to vaccinate up to 20 per cent of their populations in the first instance by the end of 2021.
“Vietnam is an important partner for Australia. We are family, friends, and neighbours. Your future is our future. It is by working together across the region that we will save lives, help economies reopen and ensure our region’s stability,” Ambassador Mudie said.
Australia’s contribution to the COVAX AMC complements our $523.2 million COVID-19 regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative for the Pacific and Southeast Asia
Australia also announced a further $100 million for the landmark Vaccine Partnership with other Quad members, India, Japan and the US, which will provide over one billion vaccines to the Indo-Pacific by 2022.
“Australia strongly believes that our region will recover more quickly from the pandemic if we work together to provide essential vaccines,” Ambassador Mudie said.
Joel Marks, telephone: 0936 356 926