Pfizer vaccine to arrive Vietnam on July 7

July 06, 2021 | 11:16
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According to the Ministry of Health, more than 90,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNtech's vaccines are expected to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport on the morning of July 7.
Pfizer vaccine to arrive Vietnam on July 7
Vietnam will receice roughly 31 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer in 2021

It is expected that in the third quarter, Vietnam will receive over three million doses and 27-28 million doses more of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine in the fourth quarter. Funding for the purchase of these vaccines will come from the state budget.

To prepare for the vaccination campaign, Vietnam plans to deploy 19,000 vaccination points simultaneously.

Previously in May, the Ministry of Health (MoH) negotiated and signed a contract with Pfizer/BioNtech to buy 31 million doses of vaccines. On June 12, the MoH also approved the Pfizer/BioNtech's Comirnaty vaccine for urgent use for COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.

Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan informed that Vietnam has purchased or been donated about 125 million doses of vaccines so far. 38.9 million of these are from the Covax Facility; 30 million are sourced under an agreement the MoH, Vietnam Vaccine JSC, and AstraZeneca; and about 31 million doses will come from Pfizer/BioNtech in 2021.

In July, about eight million doses of vaccine are expected to be shipped to Vietnam. In August-September, another 20-21 million doses will arrive. These are mainly AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

In addition, Vietnam also receives aid from a number of countries and organisations such as Japan, China, and UNICEF with about 5-10 million doses.

Vietnam is still negotiating the purchase of 40 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. It is likely that 20 million doses will arrive within 2021. In addition, five million doses of Moderna vaccine through Zuellig Pharma will also arrive the country.

The leader of the MoH said that with the large amount of vaccines arriving towards the end of the year, Vietnam will be able to administer as many as one million doses a day.

By Trúc Anh

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