An official from the Ministry of Health’s Pharmaceuticals Management Department on July 9 said key vaccines are expected to arrive in Vietnam late July amid increasing demand as summer is the peak season of some diseases.

Deputy head of the department Nguyen Tat Dat said 10,000 doses of imported PENTAXIM vaccine (5 in 1) will arrive on July 20. Another 35,000 doses will be available in August and September.

Shipments of 100,000 doses of INFANRIX HEXA vaccine (6 in 1) are expected to arrive on August 15, while 145,000 doses of chickenpox vaccines will be imported in batches in mid-July, August and September, he said.

Dat also pledged adequate supplies of vaccines for Japanese encephalitis for both the free-of-charge expanded programme on immunisation and paid vaccination service. The programme gives all under-5 children three first shots of this vaccine.

The ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine reported that as of July 4, 357 virus encephalitis cases were recorded in 32 out of the 63 provinces and cities, with six fatalities.

Meanwhile, there were 16,380 chickenpox patients as of the end of May compared to 7,900 cases from a year earlier.-VNA