Vietnam to have more 30,000 five-in-one vaccine dozes

Vietnamese Ministry of Health yesterday said that to meet increased demand of vaccine, additional 30,000 vaccine dozes will be imported into Vietnam in March. 

The move is hoped to ease the shortage of vaccine in the northen provinces. Before, from December 2015 to February 2016, over 160,000 Pentaxim vaccine dozes were imported into the Southeast, causing the shortage of vaccine during one year.

The Ministry of Health said that in 2016, over 200,000 five-in-one Pentaxim vaccine and other vaccines will be imported into Vietnam to satisfy the increased demand of vaccination in the whole country.

Head of the Ministry’s Drug Administration of Vietnam Truong Quoc Cuong said that to ensure a stable vaccine supplier in 2016, the Administration has asked the departments of health across the country to report the quantity of vaccine.  

The administration also proposed departments of health nationwide to order medical facilities where administered vaccine shoot to report the demand of vaccine for the year to send to importers. Moreover, medical institutes should send forecast of vaccine demand each quarter so that the departments can summarize and report to the Ministry before February 29.

Basing on the reports, the Administration will ask suppliers to buy vaccine for 2016 and next years.
Pentaxim is a French-made type of paid vaccine which is meant to prevent five common, potentially fatal childhood diseases: diphtheria (D), tetanus (T), pertussis (P, whooping cough), hepatitis B (HepB), and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).

By Nguyen Quoc – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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