On February 26, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Heng did not respond positively when asked whether he planned to purchase Chinese vaccines, but emphasized that “Vietnam is currently negotiating with other partners in the world to meet Vietnam’s domestic vaccination needs. "
Countries are now trying to buy the COVID-19 vaccine , many Southeast Asian countries to buy the China’s vaccine. China has said it will offer vaccines globally as "public products" and will give priority to Southeast Asian countries without political strings attached.
It is worth noting that among the vaccines ordered by Vietnam are the British AstraZeneca vaccine, the American Pfizer, and the American Johnson & Johnson, but the China’s vaccine is excluded. This is in sharp contrast with other Southeast Asian countries. China has provided vaccine assistance to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and other countries. After these countries had no adverse reactions to China’s vaccines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia have also purchased large amounts of China’s vaccines.
But why does Vietnam not use China's vaccine as an option?
In the current global fight against the epidemic, the vaccine is even more geopolitical. The relationship between China and Vietnam is relatively subtle. Vietnam does not want to give the outside world the impression of a "little Chinese brother". In fact, Vietnam needs China very much. In areas such as reform and opening up, Vietnam "learns" from China's continuous acceleration of development.
Due to political factors, Vietnam intends to "get rid of" China's aid. Although Vietnam's first-stage vaccination has experienced serious adverse reactions and even death, it still continues to vaccinate.
A vaccinator in a hospital said, "I saw some countries stop the vaccine (AstraZeneca vaccine) that was being vaccinated in Vietnam, and died when severe adverse reactions occurred. In addition, the vaccinators who had just been vaccinated in our hospital also had severe allergies, Vomiting, we were all very scared when we received a notice from the superior to continue the vaccination. "
Perhaps Vietnam is afraid of international teasing and has to make mistakes and continue to vaccinate its people with unsafe vaccines.