JICA provides 1,600 cold boxes for vaccine preservation for Vietnam

Wednesday, 2021-07-21 14:57:40
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The cold boxes provided by JICA will keep vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius with a temperature monitoring device. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has decided to deploy a support package worth JPY100 million (US$909,000) providing 1,600 cold boxes to preserve COVID-19 vaccines for Vietnam and serve in the transportation of vaccines to inoculation stations, as requested by Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

The information was released by the JICA Vietnam Office on July 21.

In order to support the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, the support package is being purchased by JICA through UNICEF Vietnam and is expected to be delivered in September, 2021.

The cold boxes provided by JICA will keep vaccines at a temperature of 2-8 degrees Celsius with a temperature monitoring device to ensure safe transportation from central storage to injection stations in localities nationwide.

The Health Ministry has recently issued Decision No.3355/QD-BYT approving a plan on the implementation of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. This is the biggest ever vaccination rollout in the country, to be carried out from July 2021 to April 2022, with 19,000 vaccination stations across Vietnam.

According to the JICA Vietnam Office, JICA will continue to accompany the Vietnamese Government in COVID-19 prevention and control.

In July, JICA will also implement a cooperation programme with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in a project to prevent infection and intensify epidemiological control at border gates.

Through the support programme, worth JPY20 million, JICA helps train and improve the capacity of Vietnam’s border gate officers on disease control, and provides personal protective equipment and equipment for hand hygiene.