The Vietnamese government has agreed to purchase more than 400,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Hungarian government, according to a recent resolution.
The resolution allows the Ministry of Health to select a bidder to execute the contract in accordance with Vietnam’s bidding laws.
The 400,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses slated for purchase have an expiry date of October 31, 2021 and the price is non-negotiable as per Hungarian government regulations.
Other special terms in the contract include a disclaimer for claims arising from the use of the doses, a commitment to complying with the European Union’s relevant terms and conditions of purchase agreements, and the exclusion of a suspension clause and performance bond.
The Ministry of Health was asked to quickly carry out the purchase of the vaccines in order to ensure quality and effectiveness, as well as to continue the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control efforts.
The new resolution also says the number of vaccines Vietnam has planned to purchase, import, and receive from donations in 2021 may exceed the 150 million-dose target as stated in the previous government resolution.
AstraZeneca is one of eight COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in Vietnam.
Approximately 26 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered to Vietnam, according to news site VnExpress.
About 48.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far, with more than 12.2 million people having received their second dose, according to the Ministry of Health.