To keep COVID-19 at bay, Vietnam wants countries that produce vaccines to waive the associated intellectual property (IP) rights to boost availability worldwide,
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang told a regular press conference held virtually on May 13.
COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca (Photo: VNA)
When asked to comment about US President Joe Biden’s statement in support of waiving IP rights on COVID-19 vaccines, Hang said Vietnam has made every possible effort to access COVID-19 vaccines and negotiate with potential foreign suppliers.
It has been able to access several sources of supply, including from the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility and UK-based developer Astra Zeneca, she said, adding that the country has been administering vaccines to priority groups.
Vietnam is also accelerating the development of home-grown vaccines, which are expected to be put into use next year, she continued. This will allow the country to have its own supply and proactively fight the pandemic./.VNA
Compared with neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the rate of vaccination against Covid-19 in Vietnam is still low, accounting for only 0.86% of the population.