Vietnam Health Ministry to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine

The new two-vector Covid-19 vaccine at Nikolai Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow on Aug 6, 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

HANOI (REUTERS) - Vietnam's Health Ministry has registered to buy a Russian Covid-19 vaccine, state television reported on Friday (Aug 14), as the South-east Asian country fights a new outbreak of the coronavirus following months of no local cases.

"In the meantime, Vietnam will still continue developing the country's own Covid-19 vaccine," state broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) said.

Vietnam has reported a total of 911 infections, with 21 deaths.

Russia said on Wednesday the first batch of the world's first Covid-19 vaccine would be rolled out within two weeks, rejecting as "groundless" the safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow's rapid approval of the drug.

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