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Vietnam launches $1.1bn COVID vaccine fund: 5 things to know

South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan donors chip into Hanoi's campaign

Health workers wait to be inoculated in March at the start of COVID-19 vaccination program in March. The country has launched a fund to finance the purchase of 120 million doses by year's end.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam will launch a public fund to finance the country's effort to secure 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year, as the country's industrial northern provinces struggle to control the spread of infectious strains of the virus.

The move comes as Hanoi shifts its strategy in dealing with the pandemic from containment to encouraging the population to be inoculated.

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