China pledges 3M COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

HANOI, VIETNAM (AP) – China plans to donate three million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on 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 Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said on Saturday that the two countries should use dialogue to work out any differences, state broadcaster VTV reported.

Wang’s visit comes two weeks after United States (US) Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Vietnam to strengthen ties. Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Yi and Chinh co-chaired the 13th meeting of the Steering Committee for Vietnam-China 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.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi greets Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn in Phnom Penh. PHOTO: AFP