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Vietnam vaccinates Samsung workers amid battle with COVID variant

Inoculation drive at factories comes as Hanoi struggles to control outbreaks

Vietnamese authorities have started vaccinating thousands of factory workers. (File photo by Getty Images)

HANOI -- Vietnamese authorities have started vaccinating thousands of factory workers at a flagship facility of Samsung Electronics as the country battles COVID-19 in the heart of its manufacturing industry.

The vaccine drive began Tuesday at Yen Phong Industrial Park in Bac Ninh, a northern province, with the goal of inoculating over 15,000 workers in three or four days, local authority said. On the first day, authorities mobilized 80 medical personnel to give out the shots. The doses were from British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

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