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Russia has donated 1,000 doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam, marking the first delivery of the vaccine to the Southeast Asian nation, state media reported on Tuesday.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday for a two-day visit, bringing with him the Sputnik V COVID-19 donation, a gift offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On February 26, Vietnam’s health ministry approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use in a battle to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus, a spread that has now been contained.

In August 2020, Vietnam signed up to purchase between 50 and 150 million doses of the Russian-made vaccine, although it is not known exactly how many doses the country intended to purchase.

The Southeast Asian nation said it expects to receive at least 60 million doses of the vaccine in 2021, of which 30 million will be provided through the World Organization’s COVAX equality mechanism. health.

Vietnam received its first COVID-19 vaccines in late February, when 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, approved for use in the country in early January, arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam started offering COVID-19 vaccines in March, with frontline health workers and vulnerable citizens first on the list.

Vietnam has officially registered 2,557 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths to date. (dpa / NAN)

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