HCMC – Pfizer/BioNTech has cut a deal with the Ministry of Health to provide Vietnam with 20 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine in late 2021.
The 20 million doses will raise the total number of the Pfizer vaccine doses for Vietnam this year to 51 million.
A Pfizer representative in Vietnam told Tien Phong Online that the supply was aimed at helping the country bring the pandemic under control and achieving herd immunity as soon as possible.
In June, the ministry approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Vietnam. Pfizer and BioNTech committed to sending Vietnam 31 million doses in the third and fourth quarters of 2021.
In early August, the 36th Contracting Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base shipped 77 ultra-low temperature freezers valued at US$691,000 to Vietnam for vaccine storage.
These freezers were allocated to each of the 63 provinces, while the 14 larger units will be used by the ministry to store the 31 million Pfizer vaccine doses set to arrive in Vietnam by August 30.
Until date, Vietnam has already received over 23 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, including over 14 million of AstraZeneca, over five million of Moderna, 1.2 million of Pfizer, 12,000 Sputnik-V doses and 2.5 million of Sinopharm.
Over 17.3 million people in Vietnam have been vaccinated against Covid-19, with over 1.8 million people receiving two shots.