Australia is requesting one million doses for Papua New Guinea, affected by the increase in infections
The Australian government is trying again by asking the European Union to receive one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that has already been purchased to deliver to nearby Papua New Guinea, where the Coronavirus pandemic has spread in the last period with a significant increase in infections. At the beginning of March, Italy banned the export of 250,000 doses directly to Australia, without being opposed by Brussels, in the stage of shortage of doses and delay in delivery by the pharmaceutical company. Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morris Now back to demanding the doses purchased: “Not for Australia, but for Papua New Guinea, which is a developing country in dire need of these vaccines.”
The Australian request comes at a sensitive moment for the vaccination campaign in Europe, as Astrazeneca vaccine use has been suspended pending an EMA ruling on its safety tomorrow, March 18th. “We signed a contract for these doses, have paid for it – says the Australian prime minister – and we want these vaccines to get here so we can support our neighbors.”
Vietnam is moving forward with a national vaccine
Vietnam aims to internally develop a vaccine for its coronavirus vaccination campaign. Human trials of the Vietnamese vaccine Nano Kovacs, Developed by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, entered phase two on February 26, with the goal of phase three until May and finally licensing for emergency use by the end of 2021. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese government adopted the Astrazeneca vaccine, which has been injected to nearly 16,000 people. , But negotiations are underway to purchase vaccines from other manufacturers, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik V.