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Vietnam hopes to procure Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in July

by NDO15 July 2021 Last updated at 19:00 PM

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VTV.vn - Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has sent a letter to Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to introduce T&t Group as the negotiator for the purchase of 40 million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

The Health Ministry asked RDIF to create optimal conditions for T&T Group, a Hanoi-based multifield corporation, to buy the vaccine doses right in July, thus meeting Vietnam’s urgent need in pandemic prevention and control.

The funds used for the vaccine purchase will be mobilised by T&T Group and not involve the State budget or the National COVID-19 fund. Sputnik V is the first approved COVID-19 vaccine in the world. So far, Sputnik V has been approved and used by more than 50 countries around the world.

In Vietnam, the Russian-made vaccine was granted conditional approval for emergency use on March 23, 2021, becoming the second to be authorised by the Health Ministry after AstraZeneca.

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