South Korea begins COVID-19 vaccine donation campaign with Vietnam and Thailand

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of South Korea announced that it will donate COVID-19 vaccines for the first time to its partner countries, beginning with Vietnam and Thailand.

In particular, 1.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be provided to Vietnam. Both Vietnam and Thailand are key partner countries in South Korea’s New Southern Policy. While South Korea has provided humanitarian assistance and official development assistance (ODA) for COVID-19 response to its partner countries, it has not previously donated vaccines, signaling a shift in its global health policy and pandemic response.  

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Korean)