HCM City coronavirus hotspot runs out of vaccines
Ho Chi Minh City, the largest coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam, has requested additional COVID-19 vaccines from the Ministry of Health as it is running out of the vaccines for its extensive inoculation drive.
Data from the HCM City Department of Health show the Ministry of Health has allocated 2,595,490 doses to the city, of which 2,108,186 doses had been administered between July 22 and August 7.
With more than 200,000 doses administered daily, the city now has approximately 500,000 doses for August 8-9, meaning it will no longer have the vaccines after August 9, said the department on August 8.
In early August, the municipal administration requested the Government and the Ministry of Health to allocate between 5 - 5.5 million more doses to the city to complete its extensive vaccination drive by the end of August.
Statistics show the city has about 7 million people aged 18 and above, but only two million of them have received the first shot.
In addition, about 800,000 people who received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine need the second dose by the end of August, while about 25,000 people who received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine also need the second dose by the end of August.
Vietnam has so far received 19.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including about 12 million doses of AstraZeneca, more than 5 million doses of Moderna, more than 740,000 doses of Pfizer, 12,000 doses of Sputnik V and 1.5 million doses of Vero Cell.