Abdala becomes the eighth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest inoculation rates in the region.
Vietnam approved Cuba’s Abdala vaccine for use against the new COVID-19, the government said on Saturday, as the Southeast Asian country is battling its worst outbreak.
Abdala becomes the eighth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, with just 6.3 percent of its 98 million people having received at least two injections.
The announcement came hours after President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi for an official visit to Havana.
Vietnam has recorded 667,650 coronavirus infections and 16,637 deaths, the vast majority in the outbreak caused by the Delta variant in late April.
“The Health Ministry approved the Abdala vaccine, based on the country’s urgent need to combat COVID-19,” the government said in a statement.
Last month, the ministry said Cuba would supply large quantities of Abdala vaccines to Vietnam and transfer production technology by the end of the year.
Vietnam and Cuba are among the last five communist-ruled countries in the world, along with China, Laos, and North Korea.
In July, Vietnam urged the United States to end its “hostile policy” toward Cuba and lift its old trade embargo after rare anti-government protests on the island.
Cuba previously said that its three-shot Abdala vaccine against the coronavirus had shown an effectiveness of 92.28 percent.