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How did Vietnam develop its SARS-CoV-2 test kits?

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SARS-CoV-2 virus test kit, developed and produced by the Military Medical Academy and Viet A Technology Company, is an important and necessary tool to help control Covid-19 in Vietnam.

Lieutenant General, Professor Do Quyet, Director of Military Medical Academy, has had success in research.

How did Vietnam develop its SARS-CoV-2 test kits?

With sensitivity, specificity and stability, this is a test kit with assured quality equivalent to the quality of the kits Vietnam imported

“With sensitivity, specificity and stability, this is a test kit with assured quality equivalent to the quality of the kits we imported,” he said.

Vietnam now can be self-sufficient in test kits, which are cheaper and more widely applicable. They can screen and diagnose infection cases early, and treat them in a timely manner. 

SARS-CoV-2 virus test kit, developed and produced by the Military Medical Academy and Viet A Technology Company, is an important and necessary tool to help control Covid-19 in Vietnam.

In the state of emergency, scientists made every effort to accelerate the process of implementing research to develop the test kit.

Senior lieutenant-colonel Ho Anh Son, deputy director of the Military Medicine Research Institute, recalled the days when the epidemic broke out in Wuhan, China.

Vietnamese scientists then immediately started research about the coronavirus before they were asked to do so.

“This was just a natural reaction of scientists to emerging pathogens: learning about the new strain of virus,” he said.

Also with the ‘natural reaction’, four years ago, the scientists successfully developed a test kit to detect Ebola virus based on the one step real-time RT – PCR, though the epidemic did not enter Vietnam. The research led to a patent granted by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

As one of the first persons in Vietnam reading the documents related to SARS-CoV-2, including an article by Professor Christian Drosten from Charité University Hospital Berlin, Major Dr Hoang Xuan Su from the Military Medical Research Institute was professionally aware enough to recognize the seriousness of the disease, even though no infection case in Vietnam was discovered at that moment.

Therefore, Su and other scientists became quickly ready when the Ministry of Science and Technology assigned them to develop coronavirus test kit.

Their team comprises 13 key members who are molecular biologists, virologists, communicators, immunologists and clinicians.

The researchers tried the real-time RT PCR chain reaction on two target genes shared by Charité Berlin and updated the testing procedures announced by the US CDC. They contacted colleagues and biotechnology companies in France, Germany, Singapore and China to get reference kits to optimize them in Vietnamese conditions.

After two weeks, the scientists found a process of designing the kit based on the N target gene, the target gene chosen by many other countries because of high sensitivity.

Scientific councils and the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology have concluded that the test kit has high accuracy and sensitivity similar to the one developed by the CDC.

Linh Ha

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/how-did-vietnam-develop-its-sars-cov-2-test-kits-625309.html

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Netflix denies purchase of phimmoi domain name

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Vietnamese users were surprised when they were redirected to Netflix.com when they tried to access phimmoi.net, a website that provides pirated movies.

Netflix denies purchase of phimmoi domain name

When typing or copying the URL of phimmoi.net on Facebook, the social network’s function of previewing content also gave images of Netflix.

It’s unclear why the users of phimmoi, an unlicensed website, were redirected to a provider of copyrighted films. Phimmoi was listed among the top 20 websites with the highest number of visits in Vietnam, about 60-100 million a month. Netflix only provides copyrighted products, to 150,000 users in the country.

In late August, the investigation agency of the HCM City Police filed charges in a criminal case over copyright infringement related to phimmoi.net.

Investigators found that since 2014, one man in Lam Dong province has been operating a website showing movies for free on the internet. He hired two individuals with high IT qualifications in Dong Nai province to develop, administer and operate the website.

The team copied, exploited, used, broadcasted and disseminated movie products to the public without the consent of copyright holders. Phimmoi was also engaged in illegally advertising products and services on copyrighted films in order to gain illicit profits, which were large amounts of money.

This is the first criminal prosecution case against a website providing pirated movies in Vietnam. After phimmoi.net was blocked, the owner of the website continued providing services with other domain names, such as Phimmoiz.net, Phimmoizz.net, iphimmoi.net or ephimmoi.net most recently, maintaining illegal activities.

The information about redirection to Netflix.com caused a rumor hat Netflix had bought the phimmoi.net domain name.

However, a spokesman for Netflix, contacted by VietNamNet, denied this. “No business of Netflix has bought the phimmoi.net’s domain name,” the spokesman said.

On November 30, it was impossible to access phimmoi.net, even with a VPN. However, when typing the URL of phimmoi.net on Facebook, one still could see the information about Netflix’s website on previewed links.

In related news, in mid-November, Netflix announced the launch of free Netflix package reserved for Vietnamese users. Vietnam is the first market in Asia and one of a few markets in the world where Netflix is offering a free package.

This service package is specifically offered to Android users. Users need to be over 18 years old and have never had Netflix accounts to be eligible. They just need to register via phone or email. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/netflix-denies-purchase-of-phimmoi-domain-name-797912.html

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Vietnam DX Summit: Vietnam’s awareness of digital transformation enhanced

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Awareness of digital transformation has been enhanced and digital transformation has been seen in activities of the Government and socio-economic sectors, heard the Vietnam DX Summit 2021, which opened on December 1.

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According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Huy Dung, digital transformation has become a new driving force to promote socio-economic development, contributing to the fight against the epidemic and economic recovery.

The event is held online by the Vietnam Software and IT services (VINASA) in collaboration with several units, and is broadcast on media platforms for three days. This is an opportunity for ministries, sectors, localities and businesses to exchange ideas, and discuss and propose solutions to make Vietnam go faster on the national digital transformation journey.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Huy Dung said that 2021 is the first year implementing the socio-economic development plan for 2021-2025, and also the year Vietnam has to face many difficulties and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the current context, digital transformation has become an inevitable trend and a new driving force to promote socio-economic development, thus contributing to driving back the pandemic.

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VINASA President Nguyen Van Khoa said that digital transformation is creating unprecedented changes in all areas of the country’s socio-economic life.

At the national level, the National Committee for Digital Transformation has been established on the basis of consolidating the National Committee on E-Government, making Vietnam one of the few countries in the world with the Prime Minister being the Chairman of the National Committee for Digital Transformation.

Dung shared that the Ministry of Information and Communications submitted to the Government a draft strategy for the development of digital economy and digital society, which is expected to be approved within this month.

The Vietnamese Government considers digital infrastructure, data infrastructure and national digital platforms key factors and is trying to accelerate the implementation of the national digital transformation roadmap, he added.

Within the framework of the summit, digital transformation-related issues in key industries such as finance, banking, health care, agriculture, transportation-logistics, real estate, industrial production and information security will be discussed in detail in seminars and Q&A sessions. In addition, consultation sessions and an exhibition featuring outstanding digital solutions will be held as well./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-dx-summit-vietnam-s-awareness-of-digital-transformation-enhanced-797956.html

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Vietnam has yet to receive signal from NanoDragon satellite

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Two out of nine satellites have yet to receive signal from the earth station 22 days after they were launched into orbit, said Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) Le Xuan Huy.

Gần 1 tháng phóng lên quỹ đạo, chưa thu được tín hiệu vệ tinh NanoDragon

NanoDragon satellite is developed by a group of scientists from the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC).

They are ARICA test satellite developed by Aoyama Gakuin University of Japan and Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite.

Studied, designed and manufactured in Vietnam, NanoDragon was successfully launched into outer space at a height of 560km from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture on November 9.

Before the launch, NanoDragon underwent four rounds of safety inspection by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the strictest standards and important environment, shock and functional tests. It also passed rounds of examination in Vietnam and was sent to Japan for launching under JAXA’s plan on August 6.

All tests in Japan were closely monitored by its developer VNSC, the Kyushu Institute of Technology, JAXA, High-Reliability Engineering and Components Corporation (HIREC) and MEISEI – partner of VNSC in Japan and supplier of test equipment for NanoDragon.

VNSC also discussed eventualities that could happen to NanoDragon and sought measures with MEISEI and JAXA, Huy said, adding that VNSC’s engineers are actively seeking signal from the satellite./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/vietnam-has-yet-to-receive-signal-from-nanodragon-satellite-797913.html

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