Many medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City run out of children's five-in-one vaccine Quinvaxem against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenza type B in the National Expanded Immunization Program whereas the replacing vaccine ComBe Five has not been supplied yet.
The Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology held a media press on April 16 to announce the official use of new vaccines in the 2018 National Expanded Immunization Program. These new vaccines to be applied nationwide from May 2018 include made-in-Vietnam MR-Vac Vaccine for measles-rubella, made-in-France IPV Vaccine for polio, and made-in-India ComBe Five Vaccine to replace the current 5-in-1 Quinvaxem.
The Department of Health yesterday convened a meeting comprising of scientists and vaccine experts to verify the cause of death of the two year old baby girl in Thuong Tin District in Hanoi after vaccinating the –five-in-one Quinvaxem vaccine.
Dr. Kohei Toda, an expert from the World Health Organization’s Expanded Program on Immunization, has rejected the information released on social networks that WHO is carrying out the trial of the South Korean-made vaccine Quinvaxem on Vietnamese kids.
Following the baby deaths after Quinvaxem vaccination in the central province of Nghe An and in the northern province of Hai Duong, Dr. Tran Dac Phu, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, said that the number of post-vaccination cases in Vietnam is fewer than that the World Health Organization’s warning.
After one month, nearly 6,000 children across the country were vaccinated with vaccine Quinvaxem in more than 40 medical clinics, said the Department of Preventive Medicine, a part of the Ministry of Health on April 9.