HCMC wants to buy 5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Ho Chi Minh City needs 18 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, while the number of the Ministry of Health allocated to the city is expected to be insufficient, so it must buy about 5 million more doses.

This content is mentioned in the document that the Department of Health has just sent the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on the policy of supplying Covid-19 vaccine in the coming time. According to the Department of Health, Ho Chi Minh City has about 9 million people in the vaccination group, equivalent to the need of 18 million doses (a course of vaccine includes 2 injections).

Recently, Ho Chi Minh City health officials have negotiated with the US pharmaceutical company Moderna, which the manufacturer has agreed to provide 5 million doses of vaccine mRNA-1273 in the third quarter to the city. According to the Department of Health, Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine ensures quality for 6 months at a temperature of -20 ° C, and can be stored from 2 to 8 degrees C for 30 days. The effectiveness of the vaccine Covid-19 prevention was 94.1%.

Regarding funding, the Department said it would mobilize from the State budget to spend on epidemic prevention and control activities; aid, sponsorship and support from domestic and foreign organizations and individuals received by the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Ho Chi Minh City.

Covivac, the second Covid-19 vaccine of Vietnam, is preparing for a human trial, after Nanocovax. Image: Xuan Ngoc.

Previously, Hanoi asked the Ministry of Health to support the purchase of 15 million doses of vaccine for people over 18 years old, with priority given to people at high risk of infection. The city of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh also buy a policy of buying Covid-19 vaccines for people. Most of the funding comes from the local budget and advocacy.

Dong Nai province also proposed that the province use the budget to buy Covid-19 vaccine to buy 6.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for free injection to about 3.1 million people in the area.

On March 8, the largest vaccination campaign in Vietnam’s history began, with an estimated 100,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The first 117,600 doses of AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine were distributed favorably to 13 epidemic provinces and cities, and administered to the first 11 groups of people at the frontline frequently exposed to Covid-19. On the first day of injection, 377 people at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases of Ho Chi Minh City, the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases and Hai Duong were injected. 24 hours later, no adverse reactions have been reported from those who received the injection. To be safe, people who are vaccinated must go through a thorough physical examination and close monitoring.

In Vietnam, there are 4 manufacturers researching Covid-19 vaccine, of which two vaccines are conducting clinical trials: Nanocovax of Nanogen company and Covivac of IVAC. It is expected that, if all goes well, until the second quarter of 2022, the Covid-19 vaccine made by domestic production can be put on the market.

Huu Cong


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