• Seoul To Share AstraZeneca Shots With Vietnam, Thailand
South Korea has decided to donate AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Vietnam and Thailand amid the ongoing 
pandemic. (Photo: Yonhap)

South Korea is donating coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam and Thailand.

Seoul's foreign ministry, the Central Disaster Management Headquarters and the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency issued a joint statement Tuesday saying Vietnam and Thailand, both hit hard by the pandemic, will be sent 1.1 million and 470,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, respectively.

The two Southeast Asian countries are expected to receive the vaccines on Wednesday.

The ministry said South Korea has enough vaccine supply to inoculate its own people and help others.

It is the first time the country is directly donating COVID shots to foreign nations.

Earlier, Seoul provided financial support through COVAX, the World Health Organization's vaccine sharing program.

The ministry said additional support for other nations in need will be considered after taking into account South Korea's vaccination rate and supply situation.

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