WORLD China pledges 3 million COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

WORLD

China pledges 3 million COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

AP

17:31, September 13, 2021

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wave as they stand for photos in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, Sep.11, 2021. China has pledged to donate 3 million doses of its vaccine to Vietnam as Foreign Minsiter Wang Yi closed his visit to Hanoi. (Duong Van Giang/VNA via AP)

China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday as he wrapped up a visit to Hanoi.

Yi’s pledge comes amid a virus lockdown in Vietnam to contain a COVID-19 surge. About 23 million Vietnamese students started a new school year earlier this week, most of them in virtual classrooms.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Yi and Chinh co-chaired the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee for China-Vietnam Bilateral Cooperation.

During the visit, Wang also held talks with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and met with Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.

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