Laos begins vaccinating elderly with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

VIENTIANE (XINHUA) – Laos has kicked off the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged over 60 with China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lao Ministry of Health have given the greenlight to vaccinating citizens aged over 60 with the Sinopharm vaccine, as well as those with underlying health conditions, according to a report released by Centre of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Ministry of Health yesterday.

China’s vaccines are safe, reliable and efficient, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune said at a handover ceremony of the third batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines in the Lao capital Vientiane last week.

Kikeo said the Lao side has already vaccinated frontline high-risk border personnel, medical workers and some citizens with Sinopharm vaccine.

So far more than 700,000 people in Laos have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while over 400,000 people have received the second dose.

The Lao Ministry of Health is planning to vaccinate 50 per cent of the country’s 7.2-million population by the end of this year.

People register for China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination centre in Vientiane, Laos. PHOTO: XINHUA