Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday requested Russia to speed up procedures for signed Covid-19 vaccine contracts so Vietnam could receive the vaccines as early as possible this year.
Moscow’s interests in Hanoi’s arms and oil make for a tricky strategic juggling act with Beijing.
Vietnam has reached agreements on technology transfers for Russian and U.S. coronavirus vaccines, the government said in a statement, without elaborating.
A Health Ministry research center is in negotiation with the developer of Sputnik V to obtain the necessary technology for its production.
Vietnam has approved Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for use against COVID-19, its health ministry said, the second coronavirus shot to be approved in the Southeast Asian country after the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has handed over a batch of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine gifted by his government to Vietnam.
Russia is looking to restart commercial flights later this month with Vietnam, India, Finland and Qatar after certain epidemiological criteria are met.
Russian travel companies based in Khanh Hoa, home to beach town Nha Trang, have proposed reopening the central province to Russian tourists from November.
Vietnam has won the final round in Group 2 of the Tank Biathlon competition at the ongoing International Army Games in Russia.
Vietnam crossed the finish line first in the Tank Biathlon competition in Russia on Monday but was placed second due to “technical mistakes.”
Vietnam’s health ministry has registered to buy a Russian COVID-19 vaccine, state television reported on Friday, as the Southeast Asian country fights a new outbreak of the coronavirus following months of no local cases.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Monday (Feb 17) congratulated the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam and the Russian Presidential Anti-Corruption Directorate on their expansion of anti-corruption cooperation.