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COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir must be used with prescription only

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Molnupiravir is used to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults who have at least one risk factor for severe disease progression. — Photo suckhoedoisong.vn

HÀ NỘI — The COVID-19 drug for patients with mild symptoms – Molnupiravir – must only be used with a doctor’s prescription following the indications, limits of use and warnings of the drug, doctors have reaffirmed after safety concerns were reported.

Doctors and health authorities on Tuesday called on people not to buy or use the drug Molnupiravir without doctors’ advice, or use the drug with unknown origin. 

If encountering any adverse drug reactions when using Molnupiravir, people should immediately notify a doctor or pharmacist for advice and treatment.

The call was made after foreign and local media reported safety concerns regarding the drug. Some publications reported that the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has decided not to include the antiviral drug Molnupiravir in its Clinical Management Protocol.

In Việt Nam, the drug was first used for COVID-19 patients with mild sickness in HCM City last August.

As of January 8, 2022, the Health Ministry had allocated 53 localities more than 400,000 doses of the drug to treat COVID patients with mild sickness.

The Molnupiravir Controlled Treatment Pilot Program for mild cases of COVID adheres to a rigorous scientific research protocol that has been approved by the National Ethics Committee for Biomedical Research and the Ministry of Health.

At a meeting on January 5, the Advisory Council for issuance of circulation certificates of drugs and medicinal ingredients agreed to propose the Ministry of Health grant conditional circulation registration certificates for three drugs containing the active ingredient Molnupiravir.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency on December 4, 2021, approved Molunupiravir under special conditions for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults who have at least one risk factor for developing severe illness.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 23 granted Emergency Use Authorisation for the drug for treating mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults at high risk for progression to severe disease. Japan and a number of other countries also approved the drug’s use.

Special attention should be paid when using Molnupiravir to treat COVID-19: Molnupiravir is used to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults who are positive for a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 and have at least one risk factor for severe disease progression.

The drug is only to be used in patients when the symptom onset is less than five days. Molnupiravir must not be used for more than five consecutive days. Molnupiravir is not used for post- or pre-exposure prophylaxis against COVID-19.

Molnupiravir is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Women of childbearing potential should use effective contraception during treatment and for four days after the last dose of Molnupiravir.

Based on the potential for adverse reactions in the neonate in Molnupiravir, breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment and for four days after the last dose of Molnupiravir.

Molnupiravir is not authorised for use in patients under 18 years of age because of possible effects on bone and cartilage development.

Molnupiravir can affect sperm although the risk is low. Therefore, men who are sexually active with women of childbearing potential should use a reliable method of contraception during treatment and for at least three months after the last dose of Molnupiravir.

On Tuesday, the Health Ministry also announced that the health authority is waiting for an official announcement from the Indian counterpart about not including Molnupiravir in treating COVID-19. —

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Vietnamese artists accused of raping underage British girl in Spain await arraignment: deputy minister

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The two Vietnamese artists who have made headlines since last week for their arrest in Spain due to an accusation of having raped a 17-year-old British girl last month have found themselves a lawyer and are waiting for arraignment, according to Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong.

The police department of the tourist island of Majorca confirmed last Friday that they had arrested two Vietnamese males over sexual assault allegations on June 25.

Spanish and British media reported that the two Vietnamese citizens stayed at a hotel in Sant Elm on the island and met a 17-year-old girl from the UK, who roomed with her family at a different hotel, at a restaurant on June 24.

The three exchanged ‘intimate’ gestures before returning to the hotel room of one of the two Vietnamese men. 

The girl later reported to local police that she had been raped in the hotel room. 

Authorities took the girl to the Son Espases hospital for a check-up and arrested the accused.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

In Vietnam, popular actor Hong Dang and famed musician Ho Hoai Anh have made front-page news ever since Friday last week as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast doubt on their relation to the rape case.

Dang and Anh’s state-run management agencies also suspended their working schedules while national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) has censored programs featuring the two artists.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

This undated file photo shows Vietnamese musician Ho Hoai Anh (L) and actor Hong Dang.

In response to reporters’ requests during a press meeting on Tuesday morning, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said that the incident related to Dang and Anh remained a question.

“There is no new information, but these two people were still out on bail as of Sunday [July 3] and have not been prosecuted,” the deputy minister said.

“They are waiting to see the judge and have successfully hired a lawyer to handle legal matters.

“The embassy [of Vietnam in Spain] has sent staff to their place to provide legal help.”

Hong Dang, whose full name is Le Hong Dang, is a Vietnamese actor born in 1984 and managed by the Hanoi Opera House and the Vietnam Drama Production Center under VTV.

He started his acting career in 2004 and has played roles in many VTV dramas, but only rose to stardom in 2011.

He won the ‘Impressive Actor’ awards at VTV Awards in 2016 and 2018 and the prize for ‘Best Actor in a TV Series’ at the 2016 Golden Kite Award, Vietnam’s version of the Oscars, by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

Ho Hoai Anh is a Vietnamese musician and music producer born in 1979 and has worked at the Vietnam National Academy of Music for 20 years.

He won the ‘Musician of the Year’ prize at the prestigious Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards in 2010 and was awarded the state title of ‘Meritorious Artist’ in 2015.

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Police parade, martial arts, shooting performances take place in Vietnam’s Hue Citadel

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The final round of a police command, shooting, and martial arts competition, joined by officers from 16 provinces and cities, kicked off in Hue Citadel in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province on Monday.

Organized by the Ministry of Public Security from Monday to Wednesday, the contest’s finals are aimed at celebrating the 60th anniversary of the traditional day of the People’s Police force (July 20).

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A parade of the mounted police force in Hue Citadel, Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The event attracts the participation of 1,500 officers from People’s Police University and police units in Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Tien Giang, Gia Lai, Tra Vinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang, Quang Binh, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, and Thua Thien-Hue.

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

Female traffic police officers march during the opening ceremony of the police command, shooting, and martial arts competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

The opening ceremony of the final round was attended by Lieutenant General Le Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Public Security, several other police officials, and officials of Thua Thien-Hue Province.

It featured a parade of the mounted police force at Ngo Mon Square, as well as martial arts and shooting performances by police officers.

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A performance by traffic police officers in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A female police officer shows her strength during a performance in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

A shooting performance during the opening ceremony of the competition’s final round in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, July 4, 2022. Photo: N.Anh / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese commune official suspended amid accusation of groping tenth grader

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The chairman of the commune-level Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam has been suspended from work after being accused of groping a tenth grader.

The 15-day work suspension was given to Luong Van Toi, chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune, Thuong Xuan District, Thanh Hoa.

Competent authorities have reviewed and verified the video footage that appeared to show Toi groping the schoolgirl, Do Xuan Nam, Party chief of Thuong Xuan District, confirmed on Monday.

As the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee chapter in Xuan Thang Commune does not have a vice-chairman, the commune’s deputy Party secretary will take over from Toi during this period.

At around 4:20 pm on June 28, a man was caught on CCTV walking into the yard of a local house and talking to L.T., a tenth grader who lives at the residence.

The man then approaches the young girl and touches her shoulder and back.

After a few moments, he grabs T. and tries to kiss her, before she resists and pushes him away.

After looking at the video clip, T.’s family members believed that the man in the footage is Toi, thus they filed a denunciation to the authorities of Thuong Xuan District.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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