MOSCOW, August 25. / TASS /. Vietnam is ready to consider approving all Russian coronavirus vaccines against coronavirus upon request, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Dang Minh Khoi said in an interview with TASS.
“The COVID-19 vaccines used in Vietnam have been approved at the request of the importer. To approve the use of other vaccines in Vietnam, including Russian vaccines, importers of vaccines must submit their complete documentation to the Republic’s Ministry of Health for evaluation and approval, in accordance with current procedures and rules, “a said the diplomat, responding to a question about the possibility of approving other Russian vaccines in the country, with the exception of Sputnik V.
Sputnik V received the registration from the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on March 23 of this year.
“Our countries are also actively exchanging experiences and developing cooperation in research, supply and production of COVID-19 vaccines,” said the Vietnamese ambassador. According to him, Vietnam highly appreciates Russia’s success in vaccine development and its “great practical contribution to the fight against the global pandemic”.
Orders from other companies
The ambassador added that the Vietnamese authorities intend to receive around 150 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year to immunize 70% of the population over 18 years old.
“To achieve this goal, the Vietnamese authorities have made considerable efforts, negotiating and ordering vaccines from many manufacturers around the world. To date, Vietnam has entered into agreements and signed contracts for the purchase of vaccines from numerous companies, including Pfizer (United States), AstraZeneca (United Kingdom) and Sinopharm (China) ”, he said. declared.
To date, Vietnam has received more than 18 million doses of vaccines from various sources: through the COVAX mechanism, humanitarian aid, sales contracts with many countries and partners such as Russia, the United States, the Japan, China, UK, Australia and others.
“In addition, many countries, including Russia, have also made specific commitments regarding assistance, priorities and cooperation with Vietnam in technology transfer related to vaccine production. <...> Vietnam sincerely appreciates and thanks Russia and its international friends for the precious and timely in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ”Dang Minh Khoi concluded.
Earlier, it was reported that Vietnam would hold negotiations with Russia on the purchase of 40 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. According to the proposal of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, approved by the head of government, the local company of T&T will negotiate with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) commercial deliveries of the Sputnik V vaccine up to 40 million doses. According to Vietnam’s health ministry, the Vietnamese side previously reached an agreement with RDIF for the supply of 20 million doses of vaccine to the republic in 2021.