PM requests Russia to prioritize Covid vaccines for Vietnam

By Viet Tuan   August 3, 2021 | 11:15 pm PT
PM requests Russia to prioritize Covid vaccines for Vietnam
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) greets with Russian ambassador in Vietnam Gennady Bezdetko (C) and Leonid Mikhelson, chairman of the Russian gas company Novatek, August 3, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nhat Bac.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday requested Russia to speed up procedures for signed Covid-19 vaccine contracts so Vietnam could receive the vaccines as early as possible this year.

In a meeting with Gennady Bezdetko, Russian ambassador in Vietnam, Chinh thanked Russia for having provided its Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V for Vietnam’s coronavirus fight.

Chinh has asked Russia to continue to support Vietnam regarding vaccines, including speeding up procedures of signed Covid-19 vaccine contracts so it could receive them as early as possible within this year, and cooperating in tech transfer for Covid-19 vaccine and drug production.

Last month, the government has agreed to a proposal by the health ministry and let the T&T Group negotiate with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) the purchase of 40 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine.

The group purchased the vaccine with its own fund, not the national budget nor the Covid-19 vaccine fund. The RDIF has also cooperated with Vabiotech to trial packaging one batch of the Sputnik V vaccine, containing 30,000 doses. The batch has been sent to Russia for evaluation.

The Sputnik V vaccine, manufactured by Russian company Generium, utilizes the vector technology to stimulate immune responses.

Bezdetko affirmed Vietnam has always been Russia's prioritized partner in the Asia-Pacific, and he would strive to strengthen the two countries' relations.

Vietnam has vaccinated more than 7.29 million people against Covid-19, including 744,331 who have been fully vaccinated.

It aims to achieve herd immunity by next year through vaccinating 70 percent of its 96 million population.

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