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AstraZeneca to select partner to transfer vaccine technology to Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – AstraZeneca is seeking a partner in Vietnam to transfer its vaccine technology to the country.

Speaking at a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on January 19, Nitin Kapoor, President and General Director of AstraZeneca in Vietnam and Asia Area Frontier Markets, said that AstraZeneca is accelerating a US$90-million project to transfer drug manufacturing technology to Vietnam.

The firm is looking for a Vietnamese partner to transfer its vaccine production technology to help Vietnamese people gain easier and better access to locally-made high-quality vaccines and drugs, the local media reported.

AstraZeneca is considering continuing to reduce the price of vaccines for Vietnam, the firm’s representative said.

PM Chinh hailed AstraZeneca’s close coordination with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies to fulfill its commitment to providing Vietnam with 30 million Covid vaccine doses in 2021, helping the country enter the new normal stage and safely and flexibly adapt to and effectively control the pandemic.

The prime minister also proposed the firm continue deploying its projects in Vietnam, providing new-generation Covid-19 vaccines and medicines to Vietnam and sharing its international experience with Vietnam in administering vaccines to children aged between 5 and 12.

The Vietnamese Government will create favorable conditions for AstraZeneca to carry out its research, production and technology transfer projects in Vietnam, PM Chinh said.

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