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AmCham: Vietnam among the First Countries to Get Vaccines Donated by the United States

Diep Nguyen
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Although the first shipment of donated vaccine to Vietnam is not large, it is only the first phase of a large-scale program that will utilize the substantial supply of vaccine in America.

AmCham: Vietnam among the First Countries to Get Vaccines Donated by the United States
AmCham is grateful that President Biden has chosen Vietnam as one of the first countries to receive surplus doses of vaccine from the United States.
“It is a wonderful first step,” said AmCham Executive Director Adam Sitkoff. “The effort by many people urging the U.S. government to donate to Vietnam was effective, including the recent letter from President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc to President Biden.”
Sitkoff added that although the first shipment of donated vaccine to Vietnam is not large, it is only the first phase of a large-scale program that will utilize the substantial supply of vaccine in America.
“The U.S. will allocate at least 80 million doses worldwide this month and we expect much more to follow later this summer,” said Sitkoff.
Right now, only three out of every 10,000 people in Vietnam are fully vaccinated and until many more people get jabbed in the arm, we will likely see additional outbreaks and economic disruption from the virus. It is difficult for people to be patient in the middle of an outbreak, but global demand for proven vaccines far exceeds supply. Government officials are working hard to ensure large quantities of vaccine arrive here at the soonest possible date. However, people need to be realistic and recognize that we are a long way from community immunity here. In the meantime, people should follow Vietnam's Covid prevention measures, stay vigilant, and use common sense.

DIEP NGUYEN