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Pfizer commits to supplying 31 million vaccine doses to Vietnam this year

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Pfizer Senior Vice President Jonathan Selib, speaking at a meeting with Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on September 23, pledged to provide Vietnam with 31 million vaccine doses by the end of this year.

During his trip to the United States to participate in the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session, State President Phuc visited the headquarters of Pfizer and worked with the leaders of the vaccine producer, the local media reported.

At a meeting with Pfizer leaders, Phuc said he was impressed with Pfizer’s active role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the successful development of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been recognized as an effective tool to combat the pandemic.

He spoke highly about the company’s handing over of more than 2.8 million vaccine doses in line with a contract with the Vietnamese Government, contributing to the country’s fight against the pandemic, and its plans to hand over the vaccine in the remaining months of the year.

The State president stressed that the sufficient vaccine supply was important to the health of the Vietnamese people and helped stabilize and develop the country’s socioeconomy, prevent supply chain disruptions and facilitate the operations of enterprises, including those with U.S. investment.

He suggested Pfizer increase the volume of the vaccines to be shipped to Vietnam this month and complete the provision of 31 million doses within this year.

In addition, the vaccine producer should quickly come up with a roadmap to hand over the vaccine to children aged from 12 to 18 and complete procedures so that other countries, such as Poland, can transfer their vaccines to Vietnam.

Selib said Pfizer had a good relationship with Vietnam and committed to providing Vietnam with 31 million vaccine doses for adults this year and 20 million vaccine doses for children when the vaccine was assessed safe and effective.

Pfizer will also complete procedures so that Vietnam can soon receive the vaccine from Poland.

The vaccine producer hailed the United States’ establishment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Southeast Asia Regional Office, which proves the confidence of the United States in Vietnam’s pandemic prevention and control capability. Pfizer and the office will closely cooperate with Vietnam to prevent and control diseases.

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