With COVID-19 having wreaked havoc on Vietnam’s economy, it is necessary for the country to reach herd immunity quickly so that the population can live safely with the pandemic, and vaccines are key in doing so. In this context, the COVID-19 vaccine fund was launched and affirms the Government’s dogged determination to ensure that no one is left behind in the fight.
It is a source of great pride to see Vietnamese people respond enthusiastically to the fight, even the elderly and children. Many businesses stand ready to donate hundreds of billions of VND to the COVID-19 vaccine fund.
Vietnam has so far received commitments on acquiring 130 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this year. Negotiations are underway between the Ministry of Health and its partners to realise the set goal of 150 million doses. The state has been working to remove bottlenecks in mechanisms and to mobilise all resources to obtain the vaccines as soon as possible.
Experts have said that Vietnam needs to secure 150 million vaccine doses to cover 70 percent of its population, and this will cost more than 25 trillion VND (1.09 billion USD). The establishment of the COVID-19 vaccine fund will help ensure sustainable financial resources for the country’s vaccination campaign./.