Vietnam agrees vaccine deal with AstraZeneca



Vietnam has agreed to buy 30 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca Plc , the Government has said, adding that authorities are also seeking to purchase vaccines from other sources, including Pfizer Inc.


The Southeast Asian country has previously agreed to get a Russian vaccine though also said it would not rush to secure vaccine deals, citing the potential for high financial costs and after managing to contain its coronavirus outbreaks to only 1,494 cases, with 35 deaths.


The AstraZeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine is cheaper than some others and can be stored at fridge temperature, which makes it easier to transport and use, particularly in developing countries.


“We’ve already signed an agreement to guarantee the AstraZeneca vaccine for 15 million people, which is equivalent to 30 million doses,” Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong said.


Vietnam is also in talks to purchase vaccines from Pfizer Inc, Russia’s Sputnik V and China, the deputy minister said. Mr Cuong did not name the Chinese vaccine candidate.

(with Reuters)

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