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UNICEF provides Vietnam with vaccine refrigerators

As many as 174 refrigerators for storage of vaccines, funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and supplied by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on June 8.

The aid was part of GAVI’s Cold Chain Equipment Optimisation Platform for medical establishments.

The eco-friendly fridges, which are manufactured by B Medical company in Luxembourg, will be sent to district-level medical stations in 23 Central Highlands and southern provinces to store vaccines, including those for COVID-19, contributing to strengthening the local medical system, especially the Expanded Programme on Immunisation of Vietnam.

Véronique Maeva Fages from GAVI said other cold storage equipment supported by COVAX Facility will be delivered to Vietnam later this year.

UNICEF Representative in Vietnam Rana Flowers said in the near future, UNICEF will provide Vietnam with a number of vaccine storage equipment, including over 2,200 fridges, cold storage trucks, and tens of millions of syringes and safety boxes.

The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is working on procedures to receive and transport the fridges to beneficiary provinces./.