MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. In a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed interest in building up supplies of the Russian vaccine to his country, Kremlin press service reported following the conversation of the two leaders.
"Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked Russia for the assistance in combating the spread of coronavirus infection, expressed interest in increasing supplies of the Russian vaccine and setting up production of Sputnik V in Vietnam," according to the statement.
Earlier it was reported that Vietnam would hold negotiations with Russia on the purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine. According to the proposal of the Ministry of Health of the republic, approved by the head of government, the local company T&T will negotiate with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on commercial deliveries of Sputnik V in the amount of 40 million doses. Before that, Vietnam reached an agreement with RDIF on supplying 20 million doses of the vaccine in 2021. Vietnam is also in talks with Russia on possible establishment of a facility for the production of the Russian vaccine on its territory. If it is established the facility will be capable of producing up to 100 million doses of vaccine per year.
Alongside with the Russian vaccine, Vietnam approved six other coronavirus vaccines.