Laos to receive COVID-19 vaccine in 2021

Xinhua, December 18, 2020

Laos is expected to receive and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021, according to a health ministry official on Thursday.

Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, told a press conference held in the Lao capital Vientiane that within the year 2021 Laos will be able to receive and distribute a vaccine against COVID-19.

Rattanaxay added the vaccine to be used in the Southeast Asian country will be a vaccine created in Britain.

As of Thursday, Laos has tested 86,481 suspected cases with 41 of them testing positive for COVID-19.

A total of 36 patients have recovered from the coronavirus epidemic, and the remaining five cases are being treated in the designated Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Vientiane.

Laos reported its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24.