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The US donated 34 negative 80-degree refrigerators to store vaccines


On March 4, Ho Chi Minh City Pasteur Institute received 34 deep negative refrigerators (-20 degrees Celsius to -80 degrees Celsius) donated by the US, which can preserve the Covid-19 vaccine Pfizer.

These are 34 units out of a total of 111 deep negative refrigerators to preserve the Covid-19 vaccine donated to Vietnam by the US Department of Defense, worth about one million USD. Previously, 77 cabinets were handed over at the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, distributed to provinces. This time, 6 cabinets will be kept at the Pasteur Institute, 5 will be distributed to Military Medical Hospital 175, three to Cho Ray Hospital, the remaining 20 will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control of 20 provinces in the north. Male.

This type of cabinet can hold up to 175,500 doses of vaccine, suitable for vaccines that need to be stored in an extremely low temperature environment. Each cabinet is equipped with a wireless notification device, which alarms when the freezer has an abnormal problem.

A deep negative refrigerator to preserve vaccines was donated by the US to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nguyen

US Ambassador Marc Knapper hopes that these deep freezers will help Vietnam safely store and distribute mRNA vaccines for future use, contributing to strengthening capacity in the prevention of Covid-19.

According to Marc Knapper, the two countries have supported each other during the Covid-19 pandemic. When the US was going through the worst period in the fight to control the pandemic, Vietnam generously donated millions of personal protective equipment (PPE). The US has funded more than 31 million USD for Vietnam to fight the epidemic, including 100 US-made ventilators, laboratory and clinical equipment and supplies, technical expertise in the control and prevention of infectious diseases. outbreak.

Associate Professor Nguyen Vu Trung, Director of Pasteur in Ho Chi Minh City, said that the Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are cooperating in the field of global health security. For the response to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City has received technical support from the US CDC to deploy a key Covid-19 surveillance system and support epidemic investigation. The Southern Regional Emergency Response Center, established with funding from the CDC and the US Department of Defense, has also played an active role in responding to the epidemic in the southern region.

The US CDC has also supported the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City to organize training courses on Covid-19 testing techniques for southern cities, biological aid, chemicals, PCR testing materials, and viral gene sequencing for detection. New strains as well as the laboratory information system contribute to increasing accuracy, reducing the time to return results to the locality.

Associate Professor Nguyen Vu Trung, Director of Pasteur Ho Chi Minh City (right) chats with US Ambassador Marc Knapper (right) at the ceremony of 34 deep freezers, March 4.  Photo: Phuong Nguyen

Associate Professor Nguyen Vu Trung, Director of Pasteur Ho Chi Minh City (right) chats with US Ambassador Marc Knapper (right) at the ceremony of 34 deep freezers, March 4. Photo: Phuong Nguyen

Since July 2021, the US has donated 26 million doses of vaccines, becoming the largest vaccine donor to Vietnam. “The US Mission to Vietnam will continue to advocate for more vaccine distribution, until there is enough vaccine for everyone who wants to be vaccinated,” said Ambassador Marc Knapper.

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