Malaysia Donates Sinopharm Vaccine To Laos

VIENTIANE, A second consignment of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, donated by the Malaysian government, arrived in the Lao capital, Vientiane, local daily, Vientiane Times, reported today.

Malaysia’s first donation of 283,400 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Laos last Dec. The donations are part of Malaysia’s contribution to global efforts, to end the pandemic and support Laos’ goal, to vaccinate at least 80 percent of the adult population by the end of this year, the Lao daily report said.

The latest batch of donated vaccine will be administered to people of all age groups, and those with underlying health conditions, under the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan, said the report.

Following the arrival of the vaccine at Wattay International Airport on Monday, the shipment was handed over to the Lao Ministry of Health.

The Lao health authorities are expediting the vaccination programme to bring an end to the COVID-19 outbreak.