Covid-19: Vietnam sets vaccine production target before June 2022

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at a meeting with scientists, units, and businesses participating in research and production of vaccines against COVID-19 in Vietnam

According to the US news agency Bloomberg, when visiting the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and VaBioTech, a company that manufactures vaccines, biological products, and medical supplies on the afternoon of June 24, 2021, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh announced that Vietnam must have a domestically-produced vaccine against Covid-19 before June 2022.

The Vietnamese PM considers this to be a “quickly achievable” goal because Vietnam has a tradition in vaccine research and production. This announcement by PM comes at a time when Vietnam is stepping up its campaign against coronavirus vaccination on a national scale. The government plans to vaccinate between 300,000 and 500,000 people a day.

Still, according to Bloomberg, the Ministry of Health is supporting national pharmaceutical companies to negotiate with Russia on technology transfer, building apothecary, and outsourcing workshops so that Vietnam can produce Russian Sputnik V vaccines.

According to the Vietnamese government’s online newspaper, PM Chinh had a phone conversation with the director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on May 25’s afternoon and asked this multinational institution to help. Hanoi hopes to receive vaccination batches within the framework of the Covax program. Vietnam also hopes the World Health Organization support it to quickly become one of the vaccine production sites in the Western Pacific region and welcomes the initiative of the Director-General of the World Health Organization to propose to recommend sending experts to Vietnam for this purpose.

Regarding the epidemiological situation, information from the Ministry of Health said that as of 12 noon this afternoon, Vietnam recorded an additional 112 patients positive for coronavirus, of which 50 cases were detected in Ho Chi Minh City. (Translated)