HANOI, July 25, 2021 – The United States delivered three million life-saving doses of the Moderna mRNA vaccine through the COVAX Facility to assist Vietnam in its fight against COVID-19. Half of the three million doses arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and half will arrive in Hanoi later today. This delivery follows on the July 10 donation of two million Moderna mRNA vaccine doses that the United States donated to Vietnam through the COVAX Facility.
Remarking on the arrival of the vaccines to Vietnam, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Christopher Klein, said “We are here to help Vietnam at this difficult time, and our total donation of five million doses of Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is proof of this support. We will get through this pandemic and emerge stronger together.”
U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie Damour added, “We are proud to be able to assist Vietnam with more U.S. vaccines, especially with the delivery of nearly 1.5 million of the total doses directly to Ho Chi Minh City, the current epicenter of Vietnam’s fast-growing outbreak.”
The United States and Vietnam continue to build on our longstanding cooperation with over $1 billion U.S. investment in Vietnam’s health infrastructure to strengthen Vietnam’s capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to these donations of five million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the United States has committed $19.8 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Vietnam since the start of the pandemic.
The United States is committed to working with partners across the globe to end the devastating public health and economic effects of this pandemic. The United States, through USAID, contributed $4 billion to Gavi in support of COVAX’s purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle- income countries, making the United States the largest single financial donor supporting COVAX. The U.S. contribution for COVAX is supporting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including frontline health care workers.
In addition to the five million Moderna vaccine doses the United States donated through the COVAX Facility, Vietnam has received 2,493,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF as key delivery partners.
President Biden also recently announced that the United States would provide 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Gavi for distribution by COVAX to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and economies as defined by Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), which includes Vietnam, and the African Union. President Biden said, “We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic.