Vietnam begs public for ‘vaccine fund’ donations after virus surge

The Southeast Asian country aims to secure 150 million vaccine doses this year to cover 70% of its population at a cost of US$1.1 billion. – EPA pic, June 8, 2021.

VIETNAM, once a model for its successful handling of the pandemic, has started asking for public donations to buy vaccines as it struggles to contain a new coronavirus wave.

The Southeast Asian country has only vaccinated about 1% of its population of nearly 100 million, and authorities have become increasingly alarmed by a recent spike in cases.

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