JICA donates Vietnam 1,600 cold storage boxes to preserve COVID-19 vaccines

July 21, 2021 | 17:27
The Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide Vietnam with 1,600 cold boxes to preserve COVID-19 vaccines.
JICA donates Vietnam 1,600 cold storage boxes to preserve COVID-19 vaccines
The boxes keep vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius with a temperature monitoring device

As requested by Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Vietnam with 1,600 cold boxes to preserve COVID-19 vaccines, serving the transportation of vaccines to inoculation stations.

The support package of ¥100 million ($909,000) is under procurement in collaboration with UNICEF Vietnam and will be delivered in September.

The boxes keep vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius with a temperature monitoring device to ensure vaccine quality during transportation from the central storage to injection stations in the localities nationwide.

On July 8, the Ministry of Health approved a plan on the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. This is the largest-ever vaccination campaign in Vietnamese history, carried out from July 2021 to April 2022, with 19,000 vaccination stations across Vietnam.

In July, JICA also implemented a cooperation programme with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in a project to prevent infection and intensify epidemiological control at border gates. Through the ¥20 million ($4 billion) support programme, JICA will enhance the capacity of Vietnam’s border gate officers on disease control, as well as provide personal protective equipment and equipment necessary for hand hygiene.

JICA is committed to continue working with the Japanese government to support Vietnam to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Thanh Van

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