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COVID vaccines

Vietnam approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use

Supply shortage pushed Hanoi to allow doses despite Beijing tensions

A box of Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccine: Vietnam has been the only ASEAN country not to receive shots from China.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam's Health Ministry has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine from China's Sinopharm for emergency use as the Southeast Asian country grapples with a wave of infections.

The decision Thursday was reported by local media. Vietnam already allowed the AstraZeneca vaccine and the Russian-developed Sputnik V.

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