The Austrian ambassador to Vietnam, Hans-Peter Glanzer, presented 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccination doses to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Tuesday. “With more than 2.6 million vaccines donated, Austria is once again proving its commitment to fighting the pandemic worldwide,” said Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (VP), according to the broadcast.
“In this pandemic, no state is on its own,” said Schallenberg. “We just can’t afford to have white spots on the vaccination card.” Foreign Minister Michael Linhart (VP) also welcomed the vaccine delivery to Vietnam. He commemorated the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the coming year. “With deliveries like these, Austria presents itself as a reliable partner in times of crisis,” emphasized Linhart.
Health Minister Wolfgang Mckstein (Grne) described the vaccine deliveries as an important contribution to combating the pandemic. “Austria must also do its part here and pass on vaccine doses to those countries that need them most urgently. We are in the fortunate position of having sufficient vaccines,” said Mckstein.
So far, according to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, Ukraine, Georgia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran and Costa Rica as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina have received bilateral support. India was helped with an aid delivery of antiviral drugs, oxygen bottles and oxygen glasses. In addition, Austria is promoting the international COVAX AMC program with five million euros and almost one million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which can currently be dispensed with in Austria, according to the broadcast. COVAX supports 92 poorer countries that cannot afford vaccines in sufficient quantities on the market.