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PM urges Pfizer to deliver 22 million vaccine doses

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked Pfizer to speed up the delivery of 22 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to be administered to children aged 5-11 in the upcoming days. This is aimed at completing the vaccine supply deal in May at the latest.

PM Chinh held a phone conversation with Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, yesterday evening, February 15.

According to the head of the Government, thanks to the close cooperation with Pfizer and the timely vaccine support from many countries, including the United States, Vietnam has managed to implement its Covid vaccination rollouts rapidly, carried out strategies on the safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of Covid, and gradually reopened the local economy.

He added that Vietnam recently imported the Pfizer vaccine to inoculate children aged 12-17. As of now, nearly 96% of children in this age group had got the first shot and 90% of them have already been fully inoculated.

Chinh also proposed Pfizer frequently update and provide information about the development of new vaccines, as well as transfer the technology to produce antiviral drugs to Vietnam at the earliest.

The Vietnamese Government will create optimal conditions for Pfizer to implement the technology transfer and cooperation deals in the pharmaceutical sector in the country, Chinh said.

For his part, the Pfizer chairman affirmed that he would make efforts to facilitate the delivery of the vaccine for children aged from five to below 12 in Vietnam in the next few weeks. He added that Pfizer could coordinate with Vietnam in transferring technology to produce Covid drugs.

On this occasion, the Government leader invited the Pfizer chairman and CEO to Vietnam as a guest of the Prime Minister to discuss and promote a long-term cooperation plan between the two sides.

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