Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chairs the meeting in Hanoi on December 5 (Photo: VNA)
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh chaired a meeting on December 5 with ministries,
sectors, and relevant sides to discuss COVID-19 vaccine and drug development,
production technology transfer, and import.
The Ministry of Health
reported that Vietnam has received and is set to receive about 211 million
doses of COVID-19 vaccines under purchase and assistance agreements by the end
of 2021, including over 150 million doses already delivered by late December 3.
The country is transferring
development technologies and testing several vaccines, including Nanocovax,
COVIVAC, ARCT-154, HIPRA, Sputnik V, Shionogi, and others of Cuba and India.
At the same time, the
research on COVID-19 drugs has been carried out since 2020, the ministry said,
noting that six domestic factories have applied for licence to produce COVID-19
drugs with manufacturing capacity totaling at least 1 million doses per day. If
permitted, they are able to meet the domestic demand for Molnupiravir for
Participants in the
meeting looked into the vaccine demand and supply, the vaccination for each
group, the demand for COVID-19 drugs and production capacity, related
difficulties, and mechanisms for vaccine and drug import and production to
serve the pandemic fight.
Prime Minister Chinh stressed that the vaccine strategy has proved fruitful, with 94 percent
of the target group given at least one dose of vaccine and 69 percent the
Relevant agencies have
to strive to have all people aged 18 and above fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 by December 15.
He pointed out the need
to make a roadmap for administering the third dose of vaccine, firstly to
those aged 50 and above, priority groups, and others as requested by each
locality. The vaccination for people aged 12 - 18 should also be accelerated.
drugs, the PM asked the Health Ministry to assist domestic producers and create
the best possible conditions for the manufacturing for the sake of people’s