The Ministry of Health plans to use at least seven types of domestically produced vaccines as part of the expanded national immunisation programme by 2020.



Multiple vaccines including 5 in 1 and 6 in 1 will be given top priority.

Domestic manufacturers can already produce eight out of the twelve vaccines listed in the programme, and with 95 percent of under-one-year-old children fully vaccinated.

Vietnam is gradually ensuring vaccine safety and proactively controlling dangerous contagious diseases.

According to the ministry, Vietnam has four vaccine factories which are able to manufacture vaccines for many diseases including diphtheria, measles, polio, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, encephalitis B and cholera.

Since April 2018, 50,000 children under 24 months old have been injected with the domestically produced measles and rubella vaccine, and no severe reactions have been recorded.

This year, vaccines for seasonal flu, Japanese encephalitis and inactivated polio are waiting for circulation approval.-VNA