Vietnam signs three COVID-19 vaccine technology transfer constracts

Vietnam has signed technology transfer contracts related to COVID-19 vaccines with partners from Russia, the US, and Japan.

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The Health Ministry’s Department for Science, Technology and Training said on July 27, one of the three was sealed between two Vietnamese companies – the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1 (VABIOTECH) and the International Progressive Joint Stock Company – and Japanese pharmaceutical firm Shionogi.

The second contract involving Russian Sputnik V vaccine was inked between VABIOTECH, DS-Bio, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, with the Vietnamese side being in charge of packaging the vaccine tubes from the semi-finished products.

For technology transfer projects with US partners, the Ministry of Health has sent a group of experts to coordinate with the World Health Organization to support relevant units in completing dossiers for clinical trials phase 1-2-3 according to a shortened process, with the research expected to start on August 1 and end in late December.

The transfer and the building of a vaccine factory in Vietnam will be completed in June 2022./.

VNA