According to the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, vaccine boxes are transported in the correct temperature conditions as prescribed.
The Ministry of Health also informed that this batch of vaccine is among the 4.1 million doses that COVAX has committed to provide free support to Vietnam. Nearly 1.7 million doses of the new vaccine will help the Ministry of Health expand vaccination coverage to more people in priority groups and provide a second dose to those who have already received the first dose.
This batch of Vaxzevria vaccine (formerly known as COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca) was developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The shipment was shipped from Catalent Biologics’ manufacturing facility in Anagni, Italy. The Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine is licensed by WHO for use in emergencies and has been administered in Vietnam since March under the old name.
Nearly 1.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine returned to Vietnam on the evening of May 16.
Previously, Vietnam received the first batch from COVAX in April 2021. This new batch of vaccines is among the 4.1 million doses of vaccine committed to provide free support to Vietnam by the COVAX mechanism – an international mechanism to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine globally.
The COVAX mechanism is co-initiated by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance, Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as a key implementation partner.