COVID-19 vaccine fund to help Vietnam soon return to normal

TUESDAY, 15/06/2021 17:32:12

To soon bring life back to normal, vaccines are believed to be the best solution to protect people’s lives and help countries surmount the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donors at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine fund on June 5 (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam is working hard to negotiate with vaccine manufacturers so as to secure 150 million vaccine doses to achieve herd immunity in 2021.

To that end, apart from the State budget’s funding, a large number of individuals, businesses and organisations nationwide have made donations to the COVID-19 vaccine fund via official channels.

Besides transferring money to the fund’s bank accounts, donors can also donate via text messages or the website, which applies advanced technology to help connect collectives and individuals with the Government’s fund in a convenient and safe manner.

Contributions to the fund will help enhance Vietnam’s capability to import, develop, produce, and use COVID-19 vaccines on a large scale to benefit people across the country.

As of 5pm on June 14, 296,215 collectives and individuals had made donations of 5.08 trillion VND (221.36 million USD), including in foreign currencies, according to the fund’s management board.

An estimated 25.2 trillion VND (1.09 billion USD) is needed to provide vaccination for the entire population of Vietnam, the Ministry of Finance noted.

Minister Ho Duc Phoc said his ministry has earmarked more than 14 trillion VND from the State budget for the vaccination program.

Added with contributions by collectives, individuals, and enterprises both at home and abroad, the existing resources for the task are now nearly sufficient, he added.



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