Vietnam approves Covid vaccine from UAE

By Le Nga   September 10, 2021 | 04:44 am PT
Vietnam approves Covid vaccine from UAE
A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Thu Duc City, August 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen
The Health Ministry has approved a Covid-19 vaccine manufactured in China and packaged in the UAE on Friday.

The Hayat-Vax vaccine, manufactured by China’s Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd and packaged at Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries in the UAE, was approved following a proposal by Vietnamese pharmaceutical firm Vimedimex.

The vaccine was approved based on data regarding its safety, quality and effectiveness as submitted by Vimedimax as of Sept. 3.

Previously, the vaccine had been approved by UAE authorities in March, as it showed an efficacy of over 79 percent.

Each 0.5 ml dose is composed of 6.5U (4μg) of inactivated novel coronavirus antigens.

Vietnam has so far vaccinated over 24.7 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Over 4.1 million people have been fully inoculated.

The country aims to secure 150 million vaccine doses to immunize 70 percent of its 96 million population by next year.

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