China Provides a Further Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine to Laos

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A handover ceremony for one million vaccines donated by China
A handover ceremony for one million vaccines donated by China.

China has provided Laos with a further one million doses of its Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to assist in the country’s vaccination program.

This latest shipment of China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Laos yesterday evening, according to Chinese Media in Laos, CRI.

Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaysith, Lao Minister of Health, formally accepted the vaccines from representatives of the Chinese Embassy to Laos at Wattay Airport.

The vaccines were delivered alongside vaccination equipment as part of Chinese assistance to Laos in its efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and complete its goal of vaccinating 50% of the population be the end of the year.

A handover ceremony for one million vaccines donated by China
A handover ceremony for one million vaccines donated by China.

Laos received its first shipment of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines from China on 31 December last year, containing some 2,000 doses, followed by 300,000 doses in February, 800,000 doses in early April, 300,000 doses in a fourth shipment in late April.

A fifth shipment arrived in June containing some 500,000 doses.

Laos has received over 5.2 million doses of vaccines from friendly countries and through the Covax initiative, including one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the United States of America.