By Thinh Nguyen
HANOI () – Vietnam on Monday launched its vaccination program against COVID-19 with health workers first in line, although it appeared the Southeast Asian country would contain its fourth coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic.
Vietnam is globally praised for its anti-virus records. Thanks to early border closures, targeted interrogations and a strict, centralized quarantine program, Vietnam has suffered fewer disruptions in its economy than much of Asia.
“When it’s your turn, go and shoot yourself against COVID-19 to protect yourself and your relatives for a healthy community,” the health ministry said on its website.
Vietnam kept the total number of infections in the country from 96 million to about 2,500, and recorded only 35 deaths. It destroyed the first wave of cases in February last year, and a larger group was discovered among foreign tourists in Rila.
The outbreak in the central city of Danang was quickly contained in September and the fourth, which is more related to the outbreak of a more contagious variant of the virus first detected in British pears that were largely brought under control in several northern provinces.
New cases in that epidemic, first discovered in January, fell to single digits last week.
The Vietnamese government announced last month that it would acquire 150 million stings for its vaccination program against COVID-19, including those purchased directly and doses obtained through the COVAX vaccine exchange scheme.
The footage on Monday is part of the first Vietnamese series of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which arrived late last month.
The government is planning free vaccinations, with front members, security forces, diplomats, teachers and people over the age of 65 being among the first to be vaccinated.