Vietnam receives medical supplies from Australia, UNICEF hinh anh 1Delegates visit vaccine storage warehouse at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Health Ministry’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology on November 9 received 1,910 vaccine fridges, 5 million syringes and 50,000 safety boxes within the framework of a vaccination support project in Vietnam funded by the Australian Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long thanked the Australian Government and people and the UNICEF for their valuable support.

He also thanked the Australian Government for committing 5.2 million vaccine doses to Vietnam as the entire Vietnamese political system and people are doing their best to curb the spread of the pandemic, saying that the support is a great source of material and spiritual encouragement to the Vietnamese Government and people during this current difficult period.

Launched in April 2021, the project also offers training courses to improve the capacity of medical workers, conducts vaccination campaigns in remote and mountainous areas, and holds communication activities to persuade residents to receive vaccination.

The Australian Government committed a total of 5.2 million vaccine doses to Vietnam, of which 1.5 million AstraZeneca doses manufactured by Australia were  already delivered to Vietnam, and the remainder are provided via a procurement contract between the Australian Government and the UNICEF./.