Pandemic Updates: Vietnam Recommends These Two Vaccines for Use

Pandemic Updates: Vietnam Recommends These Two Vaccines for Use

Vietnam plans to acquire 150 million doses for its COVID-19 vaccination programme, as the health ministry said a medical panel had recommended it approve Russia's Sputnik V vaccine and the Moderna vaccine for use in the Southeast Asian country.

The 150 million doses will include both those directly purchased and doses obtained via the COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme, according to a ruling posted on the government's website. 

On Wednesday, Vietnam received its first batch of 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine ahead of the planned rollout of its inoculation programme from next month.

Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Friday the Sputnik V vaccine had been approved, though Vietnam's health ministry said that a medical panel had recommended it and the U.S. Moderna Inc vaccine for use.

Approval by the health ministry is needed for the purchase and use of vaccines in the country. Vietnam approved the AstraZeneca vaccine late last month.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said that the health ministry and businesses were in talks to buy more vaccines, including Sputnik V and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

"Vietnam wishes to have access to sources of quality COVID-19 vaccines at reasonable prices and suitable for Vietnam's storage conditions," Hang told a news conference on Thursday.

The government ruling said frontline workers, security forces, diplomats, teachers and people of 65 or older will be among the first to be inoculated, for free.

Vietnam was lauded globally for its record in containing the virus for long spells last year through mass testing and tracing and strict quarantining, though it has faced a recent wave of infections.

The country has recorded 827 new COVID-19 cases since the latest outbreak started last month, or about a third of its overall caseload of 2,421 infections. It has reported just 35 deaths due to the virus. 


Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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