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China reaffirms support for Laos’ fight against Covid

The Chinese government has confirmed its continuing support for Laos’ efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, including the goal to vaccinate 50 percent of the population by the end of this year.
Addressing the media, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong said his government will provide more vaccines to the Lao government under the two countries’ policy to offer mutual support and assistance in responding to the pandemic.

The ambassador said China remains committed to continue working with Laos to battle the virus outbreak as the number of infections rises.
“We are pleased to continue cooperating with Laos through bilateral channels to ensure the safety of people’s lives,” he said.
This support reflects the friendship engendered through the spirit of comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation in line with the four goods - good neighbours, good friends, good comrades and good partners - and the building of a community with a shared future between Laos and China, he added.
Ambassador Jiang said China is a participant in the COVAX programme, a global initiative working for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.
The vaccines donated by China to Laos will be supplied under the COVAX programme, according to the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
Deputy Minister of Health Dr Sanong Thongsana said vaccines are the most important tool in the fight against the virus.  As the outbreak spreads, the government has mobilised assistance from various sectors and friendly countries to supplement the government’s resources.
The government’s goal is for about 50 percent of the Lao population, or more than 3 million people, to be vaccinated this year.
As of October 2, a total of 3 million people had received a first dose of a Covid vaccine while 2,109,797 people had received two doses.
Health authorities are expediting the vaccination programme as Laos strives to bring the virus outbreak under control.
So far Laos has received six types of Covid-19 vaccine, including more than 5.7 million doses of the Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sinovac and Sputnik vaccines.
 As reinforced measures are imposed in several provinces to keep the virus in check, authorities are continuing with the vaccination programme and aim to vaccinate 70 percent of the population by the end of next year to provide full protection against Covid.

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
 (Latest Update October 8, 2021)


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