Vietnam successful in making measles-rubella vaccine

The Ministry of Health yesterday put through the clinical trial test of combined measles-rubella vaccine made by the Ministry’s Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology (POLYVAC).

Measles-rubella vaccine is the first one which is produced under the transferred technology under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded  project ““Strengthening Capacity for Measles-Rubella Combined Vaccine Production”.

POLYVAC has been running the project since May 2013 at the total cost of  JPY700 million.  With technical support from Japanese experts and concerted effort of the POLYVAC staff, the vaccine was first submitted for clinical trial testing and was assessed to be safe and effective for human use.

In the coming time POLYVAC will be completing formality for a marketing license so that the MR vaccine can be used since 2017 for Vietnam’s Expanded Program on Immunization, which gives free vaccination to Vietnamese children

With the success in making the vaccine, Vietnam is one of the twenty-five vaccine producing countries in the world and the fourth Asian country to manufacture the MR vaccine, following Japan, India, and China.

By MINH KHANG – translated by Uyen Phuong

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