Vaccine diplomacy – a way out of Covid-19 for developing countries

Besides the solution of zoning and tracing, using vaccines is a long-term solution to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, especially when many new variants appear with the ability to spread quickly. For developing countries, which have not yet been able to produce Covid-19 vaccine, the supply of the vaccine depends entirely on developed countries, which own covid-19 vaccine production technology and Covid-19 vaccines. To mobilize this resource, vaccine diplomacy is a large route to the world's vaccine stockpiles.

Vietnam has stepped up vaccine diplomacy and has attracted many countries to support the Covid-19 vaccines for Vietnam. Recently, the US has donated 7.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam. Germany also recently decided to donate 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam. Many European Union member countries also donated vaccines to Vietnam in August: France (670,000 doses), Italy (801,600 doses), Czech Republic (250,800 doses), Romania (300,000 doses), Hungary (100,000 doses), Poland (501,600 doses)… Japan and China have also donated many doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam. Russia is Vietnam's partner in vaccine production and Russia will provide 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam in 2021.

Currently, the rate of vaccination against covid-19 in many developing countries is still low (Thailand 22%, Laos 18%, Philippines 12%, Myanmar 3.8%, Congo 0.1%...). Meanwhile, the world supply of vaccines is very scarce. Therefore, Vietnam and other developing countries need a lot of efforts to access and mobilize the covid-19 vaccine to serve the people, especially vaccine diplomacy efforts.

 

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