Vietnam Receives Ultra-low Temperature Freezers from the United States to Store Pfizer Vaccine

HANOI, October 12, 2021 – The United States delivered 36 ultra-low temperature freezers to the Ministry of Health at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) to assist Vietnam in storing lifesaving vaccines against COVID-19. These freezers are the first of 111 ultra-low temperature, medical-grade storage units that the U.S. Department of Defense is providing to the Government of Vietnam with a total value of approximately $1 million.

These freezers can reach -40C to –90C, suitable for storing vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures, such as the nearly 3.1 million doses of vaccine that have arrived from the United States since October 2.  Of the 77 freezers originally offered to Vietnam, 14 will remain at NIHE for national-level distribution and 63 are being sent to regional distribution centers throughout the country. An additional 34 units were requested by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. The addition of these storage units will greatly improve Vietnam’s capacity and flexibility for distributing and storing COVID-19 vaccines nationwide.