By HAU DINH, Associated Press
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is dashing up its vaccination program in an effort to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions in main cities by the tip of the month, the federal government stated Monday.
Health employees administered vaccines all through the night time within the capital, Hanoi, which has been below lockdown since July.
More than one million vaccine pictures got over the weekend in Hanoi, out of round 5.5 million administered there since vaccinations began in March, the Health Ministry stated.
“We have to hurry up the vaccination program so we will make a plan to reopen town,” Hanoi mayor Chu Ngoc Anh stated Sunday. More than half of the nation’s 98 million inhabitants can also be below lockdown.
About 80% of town’s 5.7 million adults have acquired at the least one shot, with authorities aiming for 100% by the tip of this week.
However, the nation’s total vaccination fee nonetheless stays low at about 28%, and solely 4% have been totally vaccinated with each jabs.
Vietnam managed to maintain its an infection fee comparatively low up till April this 12 months, with solely 35 deaths. Last 12 months it was praised for retaining the virus below management, an accomplishment typically attributed to the self-discipline of being a single-party communist state with tight controls in any respect ranges.
But vaccine shortages pressured Vietnam to decelerate its vaccination program in latest months, even because the delta variant of the virus contaminated over 600,000 individuals and killed greater than 15,000 in simply 4 months.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s enterprise hub and most hard-hit by the surge, over 95% of adults have acquired the primary vaccine, however many who want to come back in for the second dose aren’t capable of get it on account of low provides.
Among measures to deal with the scarcity, Vietnam’s well being authority has allowed combos of various two-dose COVID-19 vaccines to hurry up the vaccination marketing campaign. Experts say this tactic is probably going protected and efficient, however researchers are nonetheless gathering knowledge to make sure.
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