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.

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./.