Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung (second from left) presents 100 billion VND donated to the COVID-19 vaccine fund via text messages to Director of the fund's management board Nguyen Quang Vinh (Photo: VNA)
NDO/VNA – Vietnam has gained sufficient resources for purchasing 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and conduct vaccination for the entire people, according to President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Do Van Chien.
The VFF Central Committee held an event in Hanoi on July 13 to publicise the initial use of the donations via text messages to the COVID-19 combat.
The text-to-donate campaign was launched in early June by the VFF Central Committee, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, and the Ministry of Information and Communications.
So far, 2.5 million text messages have sent to 1408 of the National Humanitarian Portal, donating VND115 billion (nearly US$5 million) to the COVID-19 vaccine fund of the Government.
Thanks to the donations via text messages, over VND8 trillion transferred to the fund, and funding from the State budget, Vietnam has secured sufficient financial resources for administering 150 million vaccine doses for all people, Chien said.
He thanked philanthropists, businesses, Vietnamese people both at home and abroad, and foreigners in the country for their contributions.
Given the pandemic’s prolonged and complex developments, which still require large financial resources to counter, the official expressed his hope that the VFF Central Committee will receive more support for this combat.
So far, Vietnam has secured 105 million vaccine doses committed for this year and is working to get 150 million doses so as to achieve herd immunity in late 2021 or early 2022. As many as 8.7 million doses are scheduled to arrive in the country this July.
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