By Teddy Cambosa
Following Vietnam president Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s departure for a presidential visit to Cuba, the country has approved the use of the Abdala vaccine, developed by Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
The approval was for emergency authorized administration purposes.
“The ministry of health has approved the Abdala vaccine, based on the country’s urgent need for its COVID-19 fight,” the government said in a statement.
Vietnam’s health ministry said that Cuba would supply large quantities of Abdala to Vietnam and transfer the production technology by the end of the year.
To date, Vietnam has recorded 667,650 coronavirus infections and 16,637 deaths, the vast majority in the Delta-driven outbreak from late April.
Abdala becomes the eighth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Vietnam, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the region, as it is estimated that only 6.3% of its 98 million people have received at least two shots of any vaccine.
Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University
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