Pfizer and Vietnamese health ministry enter agreement for additional 20 million vaccine doses
Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Dat

In addition to the previously contracted 31 million doses, the newly signed amendment of the definitive supply agreement brings the total number of doses to be supplied by the two companies to Vietnam to 51 million.

These doses are expected to be delivered through 2021 and the distribution of the vaccine in Vietnam will be led by the Ministry of Health.

“These additional doses will help the Government of Vietnam ensure broad vaccine access for Vietnamese to advance our response against COVID-19,” Pfizer Vietnam said in a statement announcing the deal.

“We continue to work in collaboration with the government authorities and remain committed to ensuring smooth delivery and deployment of our vaccine in the country’s immunisation programme,” it said.

 

The news came after Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a telephone conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla over the weekend, urging the company to accelerate delivery of vaccines to Vietnam in August and September, the two months where there will be limited shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam from all sources, as the country is battling a serious fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

About 1.2 million doses of Pfizer have arrived in Vietnam, according to the health ministry.

Vietnam to date has administered over 18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, mostly AstraZeneca. VNS

Source: VietNamNet

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