WHO reviewing Vietnam proposal to produce mRNA Covid-19 vaccines

15/5/2021 1:05:00 PM

Kidong Park, a WHO representative in Vietnam, added that the organisation expects Vietnam to also apply for 'large scale manufacturing' of an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine.

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Kidong Park, a WHO representative in Vietnam , added that the organisation expects Vietnam to also apply for 'large scale manufacturing' of an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine.

The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) has announced it was reviewing a proposal by an unidentified vaccine manufacturer in Vietnam to become an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine technology hub in the South-East Asian country.

"A vaccine manufacturer in Vietnam has already expressed its interest to become a mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine technology transfer hub," Kidong Park, the WHO representative in Vietnam, said in an emailed statement to Reuters.The proposal was being reviewed by the WHO, said Park, who added that the organisation expects Vietnam to also apply for"large scale manufacturing" of an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine.

Park did not say which vaccine manufacturer had expressed interest in the plans.On Tuesday, Vietnamese state media said the country was seeking the transfer of the technology to domestically manufacture COVID-19 vaccines, as officials warned of supply issues until the end of the year.

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"A vaccine manufacturer in Vietnam has already expressed its interest to become a mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine technology transfer hub," Kidong Park, the WHO representative in Vietnam, said in an emailed statement to Reuters. The proposal was being reviewed by the WHO, said Park, who added that the organisation expects Vietnam to also apply for"large scale manufacturing" of an mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine. Park did not say which vaccine manufacturer had expressed interest in the plans.. On Tuesday, Vietnamese state media said the country was seeking the transfer of the technology to domestically manufacture COVID-19 vaccines, as officials warned of supply issues until the end of the year. The WHO in April said it was seeking to expand the capacity of low and middle-income countries to produce and scale up the manufacturing of vaccines to help bring the pandemic under control. “With reopening ramping up and businesses less constrained by restrictions, filings should ease further as the economy moves closer to normal capacity.

"If Vietnam will host a mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine technology transfer hub, it will contribute to mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine production in Vietnam as well as in the region," Park told Reuters. - Reuters Article type: metered .