Anti-rabies vaccine at risk of shortage despite increased imports

Though Vietnam has boosted imports of anti-rabies vaccine, the country is still facing potential shortage of the vaccine, said Deputy Head of the Drug Administration Do Van Dong on May 25.

Anti-rabies vaccine at risk of shortage despite increased imports

In May alone, Vietnam imported 267,200 dozes of anti-rabies vaccine, double the quantity in one month in 2017. It is scheduled that 240,000 dozes of the vaccine will be imported into the country in next month.
The country is experiencing yet another shortage of anti-rabies vaccines, raising fears of an increase in the spread of hydrophobia (rabies) around the country.
Because demand of the vaccine surged leading to shortage, Mr. Dong said importers reported to buy 103,000 dozes of vaccine Verorab as of May 21 and 138,000 dozes of Ahayrab vaccine as of May 27. In June, additional 14,000 dozes of Verorab and 207,000 dozes of Ahayrab will be imported into the country. 25,000 dozes of Indirab vaccine have been bought as of May 20 and in the end of June, the health sector will import around