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Hanoi (VNA) – Six million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines – half from the UK’s AstraZeneca and half from the US’s Pfizer – will arrive in Vietnam in the third quarter of this year, the Ministry of Health announced on June 15.
Vietnam will receive about 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility sometime between late June and early July, said Prof. Dang Duc Anh, Director of the National Institute of Epidemiology and Hygiene (NIHE).
The vaccine will be offered to industrial park workers and priority groups detailed in the Government’s Decree 21, including frontline workers, diplomats, customs officers, teachers, among others.
Another shipment of 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, imported by the Ministry of Health from the UK-based pharmaceutical company through the Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC), is due to arrive in the country by the end of September.
Meanwhile, Pfizer announced it will ship 3 million of coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam within the third quarter. It, however, also noted that the time of shipment and the number of doses provided to Vietnam may be subject to change.
Anh said COVAX-supplied vaccines have been distributed to 63 cities and provinces and several units of the ministries of National Defence and Public Security. More than 200,000 doses have been delivered to the pandemic-hit provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang to give to industrial park workers.
Vietnam has been accelerating its COVID-19 vaccine vaccination efforts. The country targets to secure around 150 million doses this year to inoculate at least 70-80 percent of its population, in order to achieve herd immunity.
So far, the country has received nearly 2.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from four shipments./.
|Sugarcane imported from Thailand is taxed 47.64 per cent for five years|
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has issued Decision No.1578/QD-BCT applying anti-dumping and anti-subsidy taxes at 47.64 per cent to a number of sugarcane products originating from Thailand in the next five years.
The imposition of tax is applied to organisations and individuals producing and exporting goods originating from Thailand with the official anti-dumping tax rate of 42.99 per cent, and the official anti-subsidy tax rate of 4.65 per cent. Totally, the two types of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tax are 47.64 per cent.
“Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tax are additional import taxes applied to sugarcane imported from Thailand, including imports under tariff quotas,” said the MoIT. The investigation process was carried out in accordance with the provisions of the World Trade Organization, the Law on Foreign Trade Management, and related regulations.
Compared with the temporary tax rate applied from February 2021 at 33.88 per cent, the final official tax rate is still lower than the initial investigation result of 48.88 per cent. It was alleged that sugarcane products imported from Thailand, including refined sugar and raw sugar, have been subsidised and dumped, causing heavy damage to the domestic sugarcane industry.
Under the impact of sugar imports from Thailand being dumped and subsidised, over the past time, a series of sugar factories have had to close, seriously impacting employees. According to data from the ministry, 3,300 workers lost their jobs and 93,225 households have been affected due to the difficulties of the domestic manufacturing industry.
The main reason for the situation is that the import of subsidised and dumped sugar from Thailand increased sharply in 2020, to nearly 1.3 million tonnes, up 330.4 per cent compared to 2019.
By Trúc Anh
|The Ministry of Health has warned against fake invitations to register for COVID-19 vaccine shots|
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), some organisations and individuals claimed to have access to vaccine manufacturers or surplus vaccines. People also received invitations to apply for COVID-19 vaccination through various forms of advertising.
Therefore, the MoH warned people to be wary of invitations to register for vaccination on social networks, messages, leaflets, and other forms of advertising.
The ministry also recommended that localities, organisations, and businesses wishing to import vaccines need to contact and negotiate directly with vaccine manufacturers. In case of intermediaries, the source must be confirmed or authorised by the manufacturer.
Besides, vaccines used in Vietnam must be licensed by the MoH. Each batch of vaccine, when imported to Vietnam, must be licensed for circulation by the Drug Administration of Vietnam and the MoH.
Before use, imported batches of vaccines must be inspected by the National Institute for Control of Vaccines and Biologicals to meet quality standards and issue a factory certificate. All vaccines must be stored in a cold chain system.
At present, the MoH is actively negotiating with manufacturers and international organisations to buy and import large quantities of vaccines to organise vaccination for all citizens. Vaccines will be given free of charge, so the ministry has bidden people to remain calm and wait for inoculation.
Vietnam has urgently approved three COVID-19 vaccines of AstraZeneca (UK), Sputnik V (Russia), and Sinopharm (China). Plus, the government started implementing the COVID-19 vaccination campaign from March 8, with the vaccine of AstraZeneca. To date, a total of 1,389,887, doses were injected, with 47,179 individuals having received two full doses.
Vietnam expects to have 3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine from now to September.
The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility has announced it will provide an additional 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam in late June and early July, said Professor Dang Duc Anh, Director of the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology yesterday.
The vaccines will be allocated based on Resolution 21, which defines the subjects priotized for vaccination and the provinces which have industrial zones.
From now until the end of the third quarter, Vietnam will receive an additional 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, ordered by the Ministry of Health through the local vaccine distributor VNVC.
In addition, according to Pfizer, this pharmaceutical company can ship 3 million doses of vaccine to Vietnam in the third quarter and the remaining doses in the fourth quarter. However, the time of delivery and the vaccine quantity may change, depending on the situation in the world.
According to Professor Duc Anh, Vietnam aims to have 150 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines this year to vaccinate at least 70-80% of the population in order to reach herd immunity.
However, only four batches of AstraZeneca vaccines have arrived in Vietnam so far, totaling nearly 2.9 million doses. The first shipment imported by VNVC with 117,600 doses arrived in Vietnam on February 24. The second and third batches, delivered by COVAX, came on April 1 with 811,200 doses, and on May 16 with 1.682 million doses, and the latest batch of 288,000 doses were imported via VNVC on May 25.
Vietnam has given 1.55 million doses for priority subjects. The remaining doses of vaccine will be used in June.
Professor Duc Anh said that the AstraZeneca vaccine has a short shelf life, only about six months, while it took about two months for the vaccine to be shipped to Vietnam, so the remaining time for vaccination is only 3-4 months.
For the Pfizer vaccine, storage conditions must be at a temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, if it is stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius, the vaccine must be used within a month. The Ministry of Health, therefore, will coordinate with relevant agencies of the Ministry of National Defense to ensure the preservation and transportation of this kind of vaccine to vaccination sites as quickly as possible.
To date, Vietnam has urgently approved the use of four Covid-19 vaccines, including: AstraZeneca from the UK, Sputnik V from Russia, Sinopharm from China and Pfizer from the US.
The fund’s official website, www.quyvacxincovid19.gov.vn , has also been launched, aiming to facilitate online donations.
The fund is set up to receive, manage, and use voluntary financial and vaccine donations and assistance from domestic and foreign organisations and individuals, along with other legal sources, for the COVID-19 vaccine procurement and import, research and production in the country, and the provision of vaccines for people.
Managed by the Ministry of Finance, the not-for-profit fund will use the mobilised capital resources for right purposes and in line with legal regulations, ensuring publicity, transparency and efficiency. It is subject to the examination, inspection, and auditing by relevant State agencies and to the supervision by the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the community.
Vietnam needs 150 million doses of vaccines to administer about 75 percent of its population this year, with total cost amounting to 25.2 trillion VND (1.09 billion USD)./.