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About 5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine will arrive by the end of February


Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong said that nearly 4.9 million doses of vaccine aid and more than 100,000 doses purchased will return to Vietnam by the end of this month.

The above information was reported by Mr. Cuong at the meeting of the Standing Government with the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 prevention, on the afternoon of February 15.

Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong. Photo: Dinh Trung.
Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong. Photo: Dinh Trung.

According to Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong, the Ministry has basically completed the procedures for receiving vaccines from the Covax program; at the same time actively negotiating and importing vaccines.

"If flights are scheduled in time and the procedures are done, with both sources of Covax (4.88 million doses) and imports (117,000 doses), we will have about 5 million doses by the end of this month," he said. Medical information.

With the above number of vaccines, the first phase can be widely injected for 5 million people with the first shot and after 3 months will continue to inject the second dose. According to the plan proposed by the Ministry of Health to the Government, there are from 2 to 5 million priority cases - those on the first level of epidemic prevention and control.

"Vietnam is one of the Asian countries with good access to vaccines," said Deputy Minister of Health.

Raising the issue of "how to get enough vaccines", Standing Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said that the aid source is not much, so it is necessary to be proactive with sources to buy and encourage domestic production.

"There are some experts suggesting to see Russia's vaccine source, because the quality is relatively good, the price is affordable," the Deputy Prime Minister said and suggested to the localities to actively import the fastest way.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that importing Covid-19 vaccines should be considered a priority task of the Government. He urged continued import, soon bring it back to the people, and accelerate domestic research.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke at the meeting on the afternoon of February 15. Photo: VGP / Quang Hieu
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke at the meeting on the afternoon of February 15. Photo: VGP / Quang Hieu

"In February there must be vaccines from the United Nations and sources of purchase, and at the same time boosting domestic production", the Prime Minister asked.

The Prime Minister assigned the Minister of Health to consider and decide to choose the plan, partner, type of vaccine, and determine the priority target; coordinating with the Ministry of Finance to propose financing sources to buy vaccines.

The head of the government said that many localities and businesses are willing to contribute funds to buy. It is expected that on February 17, the final plan will be considered and approved by the Government.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Covax program is a global plan to provide Covid-19 vaccine to people in poor and middle-income countries. At the end of January, the Covax Alliance announced in the first quarter that it would deliver to Vietnam about 25% of the planned number of vaccines, or about 4.9 to 8.2 million doses. The remainder will be carried over in Q2.

Vietnam currently has two Covid-19 vaccines that are in the testing phase, Nanocovax of Nanogen Company, which has been testing on stage one since December 10. The 40 volunteers, who received the vaccine at doses of 25 and 50 mcg, are now healthy and have no abnormal symptoms. IVAC's second Covid-19 vaccine has completed animal safety trials, scheduled for a human clinical trial in January 2021.

On February 1, the Vietnam Center for Vaccination VNVC signed a cooperation with AstraZeneca to supply 30 million doses to Vietnam in the first half of 2021.

Earlier (January 31), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Health and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam to present the plan to buy vaccines in the first quarter, using the national budget and other sources.