HANOI, Sept 18 (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai on behalf of the government has approved funding to purchase nearly 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine BNT162 by Pfizer.
According to the decision, signed on Friday (Sept 17), more than VNĐ2.65 trillion (US$115.95 million) sourced from the national Covid-19 vaccine fund (which to date has about US$378 million in donations) will be used to purchase nearly 20 million doses of the mRNA vaccine and activities related to the administration of the vaccine at the request of the Ministry of Health.
Relevant ministries are asked to take responsibility for the management, use and payment of the amount in an economic, effective, open and transparent manner.
The health ministry is required to report the use of the sum to the Prime Minister.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Pfizer signed an amendment of the definitive supply agreement for an addition 20 million doses – reportedly reserved for children aged 12-18 years old in the country – on top of the original deal for 31 million doses.
Covid-19 cases in the country have been very high over the last few months. Vietnam reported anther 11,521 new Covid-19 cases on Friday (Sept 17), including 11,506 locally transmitted and 15 imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
The new infections brought the country's total tally to 667,650, with 16,637 deaths, the ministry said.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 5,972 in the epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 4,013 in the nearby Binh Duong province and 345 in Dong Nai province.
As many as 433,465 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 9,914 from Thursday, while over 33 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.
As of Friday, Vietnam has registered a total of 663,232 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said. - Vietnam News/ANN