Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Christopher Klein at the ceremonial handover of the freezers to Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong. (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Vietnam)

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 USD1 million.

These freezers can reach -40 degree Celcius to –90 degree Celcius, suitable for storing vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures, such as the nearly 3.1 million doses of vaccine that have arrived from the U.S. 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./.