15,000 dozes of five-in-one vaccine imported into Vietnam

The Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology under the Ministry of Health yesterday announced the North Vietnam will receive 15,000 dozes of vaccine five-in-one Pentaxim made by Sanofi Pasteur, the French-based global pharmaceutical producer.

The batches of vaccine had been imported into Vietnam and being tested in 2 weeks. It is scheduled to be supplied to medical facilities soon. The Injection Center, a part of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, at 131 Lo Duc Street and the Ha Noi-based Preventive Medicine Center said that they are in short of two vaccines six-in-one Infanrix Hexa and five-in-one Pentaxim.

During the past months, the two above-mentioned vaccines are in severe shortage. Parents and kids had to queue a long line in many hours to wait for their turns for a shot. Many parents even agree to pay VND4-5 million (US$180.5 – US$225.6) for a shot but the vaccines are not enough for all. 

Before, the Drug Administration of Vietnam said that in 2016, there would be around 49,000 dozes of vaccine six-in-one Infanrix Hexa for the Southeast Asian nation meanwhile in 2015, GlaxoSmithKline said that it has provided around 38,000 dozes of six-in-one Infanrix Haxa vaccine for Vietnam; of which 4,000 for Pasteur Institute which used for research. 34,000 left vaccine have been supplied to medical facilities.

By Quoc Lap - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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