Hanoi (VNA) – The national carrier Vietnam Airlines completed on May 28 free transport of several batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provided by COVAX installation between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Buon Ma Thuot.
The lots were delivered between May 25 and May 28, which included nearly 819,000 doses of vaccine and medical supplies weighing around 7.2 tonnes in combination.
With a solid logistics service, modern freezers, professional human resources and a network of 60 domestic air routes, Vietnam Airlines is able to transport large volumes of vaccines to dozens of provinces across the country.
On March 6, the airline operated the first flight to transport vaccines between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
It also provides free transportation for personnel sent to assist Bac Ninh and Bac Giang in the fight against COVID-19 from May 26.
The airline is waiving baggage fees for such personnel, allowing them to carry more medical supplies and equipment for epidemic prevention and disease treatment.
Vietnam Airlines said it made the move in response to the health minister’s call to support communities severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early May, the national carrier also transported medical experts and medical supplies sent by the Vietnamese Party, government and people to Laos to help the neighboring country cope with COVID-19.
The airline has always supported the government and the community in COVID-19 prevention and control efforts since the start of the pandemic. It has made numerous flights to repatriate Vietnamese from abroad, or to transport medical personnel and medical supplies to serve the pandemic control in the country, as well as to support other countries./.