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AstraZeneca promises Vietnam full Covid vaccine delivery by early 2022

AstraZeneca said Wednesday it would deliver all the Covid-19 vaccine doses Vietnam has ordered by early 2022 by focusing on supply chains and existing partners.

Nitin Kapoor, chairman and general director of AstraZeneca Vietnam, said the British-Swedish firm aims to produce the vaccine quickly and in large volumes, and would consider technology transfer to Vietnam once it achieves the required pharmaceutical tech capability.

AstraZeneca, Vietnam, full Covid vaccine, delivery by early 2022, Covid-19 pandemic, supply chains, existing partners

Chairman and General Director of AstraZeneca Vietnam Nitin Kapoor.

AstraZeneca has already done surveys on bioreactors to culture viruses for vaccine production in Vietnam to see if the country has the capability to produce vaccines for the region and the entire world, he added.

But with the world requiring a large number of vaccine doses to quickly inoculate people, the company has been forced to suspend the surveys.

AstraZeneca has created over 10 supply chains and collaborates with over 20 partners in 15 countries to produce billions of Covid vaccine doses. It is currently focusing on these supply chains and partners to provide the world with enough doses within an agreed time frame, Kapoor said.

It has supplied over 400 million doses so far to 165 countries and territories, either through commercial deals or global vaccine access mechanism Covax. It has accounted for 97 percent of all doses supplied under the Covax mechanism.

Vietnam has been seeking to acquire 150 million doses to cover 70 percent of its population by next year. So far it has been promised 110 million within this year, including 30 million by AstraZeneca and rest through Covax and Pfizer/BioNTech.

It has been using the AstraZeneca vaccine for its mass vaccination program started in March. It has received around 2.9 million doses, and immunized over a million people, mainly frontline Covid workers.

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Source: VnExpress

AstraZeneca, Vietnam, full Covid vaccine, delivery by early 2022, Covid-19 pandemic, supply chains, existing partners
 
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