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Prime Minister urges accelerating COVID-19 vaccination for people

February 24, 2021 | 16:01

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered the quick vaccination for people as more than 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Vietnam.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at a meeting between the Cabinet and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi on February 24. Photo: VGP

Chairing a meeting between the Cabinet and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hanoi on February 24, the PM said Vietnam aims to provide COVID-19 vaccine shots to all people, the VNA reported.

However, as the supply of vaccine cannot meet demand at the same time, priority should be given to certain groups in line with the Government's resolution, he said, stressing the principle of high-risk groups and pandemic-affected areas coming first, followed by those with lower risks.

More vaccine will be imported in the future to serve domestic demands, the PM said while reminding people and authorities at all levels to continue with strict epidemic prevention measures.

He stressed the need to persist with the twin targets of controlling the pandemic and boosting economic development at the same time.

PM Phuc lauded the efforts of localities in controlling the pandemic.

Regarding the “rescue” of goods in Hai Phong, Quang Ninh and Hai Duong, the Government leader asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade to work with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health to design procedures to quickly sell agricultural products in pandemic-hit localities.

He also requested media agencies to strengthen communications on preventive measures against COVID-19.

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The first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on February 24 morning. Photo: Nhan dan (People) newspaper

The first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on February 24 morning, serving the urgent need of COVID-19 prevention and fighting, according to Nhan dan (People) newspaper.

The vaccine has been developed by British-Swedish company AstraZeneca in collaboration with Oxford University and is imported by Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC).

The first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is among the 204,000 doses approved for import in February, has arrived in Vietnam earlier than expected. The doses will be sent to the cold storage systems of VNVC and AstraZeneca. Therefore, the plan for COVID-19 vaccination will be implemented from March this year.

According to the Ministry of Health, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine will be prioritised medical workers and officials participating in COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control. They are among the 11 groups of subjects prioritised to have access to the vaccine this year.

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The first batch of 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is among the 204,000 doses approved for import in February, has arrived in Vietnam earlier than expected. Photo: VNA

There is a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the world, even in big countries like the US or in Europe. The import of COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam is the result of great efforts from the Ministry of Health, VNVC and AstraZeneca,” said Ngo Chi Dung, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director of VNVC.

After the arrival of the first batch of vaccines, VNVC will continue to bring 30 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam in the first half of 2021. Priority groups and people in Vietnam will be officially vaccinated with high quality COVID-19 vaccine such as in Europe and many large countries in the world, contributing to controlling the pandemic and gradually restoring the economy.

Along with the efforts to import vaccines, domestic enterprises are “racing” to produce “made in Vietnam” vaccines. Today (February 24), the Military Medical Academy will commence screening for 50 to 100 volunteers participating in the second phase of the Nano Covax vaccine clinical trial. The first test injections of Nano Covax in the second phase are scheduled for February 26./.

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