Technical Cooperation for MR Vaccine Production in Vietnam
For five years until March 2018, Daiichi Sankyo Biotech Co., Ltd. (formerly, Kitasato Daiichi Sankyo Vaccine) cooperated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Vietnam POLYVAC* "Measles-Rubella (MR) Vaccine Production Technology Transfer Project."
This activity enabled Vietnam to produce safe and reliable MR vaccine in the country without relying on imported ones.
In March 2018, the Vietnam-made MR vaccine was incorporated into the Expanded Program on Immunization, and administration of the vaccine to children in Vietnam started. Recently, the MR vaccine was utilized during epidemics among people including adults.
This activity has been highly regarded in Vietnam, and earned the Vietnamese Minister of Health's "Certificate of Good Performance Award" in September 2017, which is the most prestigious award for achievements in Vietnamese healthcare.
It is also valued highly in Japan, and earned the "14th JICA President Award" hosted by JICA in October 2018, as well as the "70th Public Health Award” hosted by The Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd. As a result of receiving this Award, we had an audience with the Emperor and Empress of Japan in the Imperial Palace. We donated the award prize money to Saitama Prefecture’s "Fund of Country green of a color scheme," which was established for the whole society to support forest and common plants as shared assets of the citizens of the prefecture. We also made a donation to Saitama Children’s Medical Center which has been promoting the practice of medicine in Vietnam.
In fiscal 2019, we established our support system for realizing sustainable vaccine production at POLYVAC.
Through this activity, we contributed to preventing the infestation of infectious diseases in Vietnam, and thereby contributing to one of the SDG 3 targets of the United Nations. Going forward, we will continue to strive to achieve the SDGs.
* Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals in Vietnam
Vietnamese Minister of Health’s Certificate of Good Performance
Commemorative photograph taken with members of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health