Pfizer pledges 20 million vaccine doses for Vietnamese children

By Le Nga   July 14, 2021 | 03:46 am PT
Pfizer pledges 20 million vaccine doses for Vietnamese children
Vials and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Dado Ruvic.
U.S.-based pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer will provide 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for Vietnamese children in the last quarter of this year.

John Paul Pullicino, CEO of Pfizer Vietnam, made this commitment Wednesday at an online meeting with Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.

This is a good development in the current circumstance, Long said. The vaccines will be administered to Vietnamese children and teenagers in the 12-18 age group.

The U.S. approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children and teenagers in May.

The 20-million batch is part of a commitment by the corporation to provide 47 million Covid-19 doses to Vietnam.

The health ministry has requested 31 million doses be delivered within this quarter to serve urgent needs.

It is also discussing with the American company the transfer of vaccine production technology to Vietnam or the establishment of a vaccine factory in the country by 2022.

Vietnam is set to receive over 745,000 Pfizer doses this month.

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