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Vietnam accepts China COVID shots as inoculation drive stalls

Hanoi to give Sinopharm doses to people engaged with huge neighbor

A man rides a bike on an empty street in Hanoi on May 31 as Vietnam battles rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.    © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam has taken delivery of half a million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China, as Hanoi struggles to secure the shots it needs to speed up its inoculation drive.

The vaccines, developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a company that operates under the umbrella of state-run Sinopharm, arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport on Sunday afternoon. Vietnam's Central Committee for External Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health coordinated with the Chinese Embassy to hold an event at the airport marking the vaccines' arrival. The news was reported by local media.

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