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Health ministry to negotiate vaccine procurement as proposed by trade bodies

by NDO08 August 2021 Last updated at 12:00 PM

Four associations call for government support to vaccinate as many as workers at the fastest rate possible.
Four associations call for government support to vaccinate as many as workers at the fastest rate possible.

VTV.vn - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has assigned the Ministry of Health to negotiate vaccine procurement as proposed by several domestic trade associations.

The request came after four trade bodies representing local manufacturers of footwear, garments, electronics and wood products proposed the Government accelerate vaccination or support enterprises to buy vaccines promptly and legally in order to provide free inoculations for their workers.

A joint document by the four associations called for government support to vaccinate as many as workers at the fastest rate possible so that they can keep operating as the COVID-19 situation has become serious at factories and industrial parks, especially in the southern region.

They said they have found a vaccine supplier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but support from the Government and the Ministry of Health is needed for procurement.

All the costs related to the procurement and vaccination will be covered by the member enterprises of such four associations.

* In a related development, the Prime Minister has also asked the Ministry of Health to deal with a proposal by the pharmaceutical company Vimedimex to support its procurement of the Sputnik V vaccine from the UAE’s Royal Strategic Partner.

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