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Vietnam backpedals on COVID-19 vaccination targets

Hanoi struggles to secure doses despite launching $1.1bn fund

Vietnamese are watching the government's pandemic response as it struggles to secure vaccines amid a global supply shortage.     © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam has lowered the targets for its COVID-19 vaccination drive as the government struggles to secure doses amid a global supply shortage.

Vietnam aims for year-end or "early 2022 to inject two full doses of vaccine into at least 70% of the population aged 18 and over, to achieve herd immunity, bringing life back to normalcy," Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long was quoted as saying on the Defense Ministry's website last week.

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