The first shipment containing Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived on a Korean Air flight in Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport on February 24. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam's COVID-19 vaccination will begin right after the health ministry receives an accreditation certificate from the Republic of Korea (RoK) for the COVID-19 vaccine batch that arrived on February 24, which is due later this week or early next week. Deputy Minister of Health Trương Quốc Cường made the announcement at the Government's regular press conference in Hà Nội on Tuesday, in response to questions over vaccination progress after the first 117,600 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca, manufactured in RoK, bought commercially via Việt Nam Vaccine Company (VNVC), had arrived in Việt Nam. The Ministry of Health has assigned the National Institute for Control of Vaccine and Biologicals to verify the batch, which has been basically completed. It is now waiting for an accreditation certificate from the RoK before health authorities can begin inoculations. According to the official, the vaccination effort is in line with the Government's Resolution No. 21/NQ-CP on the purchase and use of COVID-19 vaccines, which details nine priority groups for free inoculations – including frontline workers (medical staff, public security… Read full this story
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