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US-donated Moderna vaccines arrived in Việt Nam, jabs administered crosses 4 million mark

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Vaccine batches being unloaded from the aircraft at Nội Bài International Airport this morning. — Photo from UNICEF Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI — More than two million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US Government to COVAX Facility arrived in Việt Nam early Saturday morning.

The shipment, delivered by UNICEF, which handles procurement, supply and logistics of the vaccines from COVAX, landed at Nội Bài International Airport in Hà Nội on a Qatar Airways flight.

“Today’s shipment is part of the 80 million doses of vaccine that the President of the United States committed in May from the US vaccine supply, of which approximately 41 million doses are shared through COVAX, to support global needs,” UNICEF said in a statement.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the arrival of the biggest single shipment of vaccines Việt Nam has received to date, Charge d’Affaires, Christopher Klein, said: “The shipment gives us hope that there is an end in sight to our fight against COVID-19.  It gives us hope that we will be able to return to our normal lives.”

Việt Nam has had an internationally recognised COVID-19 response which managed to keep infections and deaths low throughout 2020 and early 2021. However, due to global supply constraints, the inoculation rate in the country remains low while the number of coronavirus infections has increased drastically in the last few weeks as the country battles an intense fourth wave.

The health ministry has said it has immediately sent 1 million doses from the batch to HCM City as the souhern city is dealing with serious outbreaks with caseload nearing 11,000 since late April.

“The UN welcomes the first US donation of COVID-19 vaccines via COVAX’s dose-sharing mechanism which arrived in Việt Nam,” said Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Việt Nam.

“The clearest pathway out of the pandemic is equitable access to vaccinations for healthcare workers and priority groups such as the elderly and those with co-morbidities in every country. Dose donations are an immediate and urgent way to address this. We continue to call on well-supplied countries to donate doses now to protect those most at risk as soon as possible.”

A UNICEF member of staff with the vaccine shipment. — Photo from UNICEF Việt Nam

The US Government said it is committed to working with partners across the globe to end the public health and economic effects of the pandemic.

Through USAID, the United States has contributed US$2 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle- income countries, and plans to commit another $2 billion by 2022, making the United States the largest financial donor to COVAX.

This contribution to COVAX is supporting equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations, including frontline health care workers.  In Việt Nam, in addition to this vaccine donation, the United States has contributed more than $17.7 million in COVID-19 related assistance to the country since the start of the pandemic.

In addition to today’s shipment, Việt Nam has previously received 2,493,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX Facility.  The COVAX Facility is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF as a key delivery partner.

As of July 9,4,010,786 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Việt Nam, or about 4 per cent of the population, according to the health ministry’s Saturday report, and only 258,274 people have received the full two doses.

UNICEF added in their statement: “The additional vaccines will help the Ministry of Health to expand coverage and reach more people from priority groups, contributing to attaining the country’s target of vaccinating more than 70 per cent of population by the end of the first quarter of 2022.”

“While the continuous arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility is encouraging, it will take some time for every priority group to be vaccinated. It is essential to continue 5K practices to reduce virus transmission: wear face masks, wash hands regularly, practice physical distancing, stop gathering and fill out health declaration.” —

Vaccine container at Nội Bài International Airport, Hà Nội. — Photo from World Health Organisation in Việt Nam

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/989636/us-donated-moderna-vaccines-arrived-in-viet-nam-jabs-administered-crosses-4-million-mark.html

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Health ministry told Nanogen to submit human trials data to health ministry before August 15 for reviews

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The health ministry on Monday asks HCM City-based biopharmaceutical company Nanogen, developer of the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine Nano Covax, to submit results of phase 2 and initial phase 3 trials to be reviewed for emergency approval.

Health ministry told Nanogen to submit human trials data to health ministry before August 15 for reviews
Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan (middle) inspects a vial of Nano Covax, the frontrunner of the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine. — Photo from the Ministry of Health

Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan, leader of the ministry’s special task force on clinical trials and development of COVID-19 vaccines, made the request during a progress meeting with experts, as the country deals with a severe fourth wave of infections while vaccine supply is still limited amid a global shortage.

The meeting included leaders of the Department of Science and Technology-Training (under the health ministry), the Military Medical Academy, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and the Pasteur Institute in HCM City and was held to review the current progress and find ways to facilitate the clinical trials and push for reports on data of phase 1, 2, 3 (a, b) of the Nano Covax vaccine. 

Phase 3 trials are being conducted with 13,000 volunteers, divided into two phases, 3a with 1,000 people and 3b with 12,000 people.

13,000 first doses in phase 3 have been administered, with the second dose expected to be completed before mid-August, according to the company.

Surrogate virus neutralisation tests (sVNT) for the 1,000 people involved in phase 3a, revealed 100 per cent production of neutralising antibodies at levels higher than 30 per cent, but further monitoring is needed.

In tandem with applying for conditional approval for emergency use, Nanogen is also requesting the health ministry to consider phase 3c trials, which would involve 500,000 to 1 million volunteers. Trials of the vaccine on children 12-18 years old would be conducted once the full approval is obtained.

Deputy Minister Thuan said the ministry is anticipating the domestically researched and manufactured COVID-19 vaccine will help protect the health and lives of the Vietnamese people, be more proactive in vaccine rollout and reduce dependency on foreign vaccine imports.

“The good news is the [Nano Covax] vaccine seems to be safe and can elicit high level of [SARS-CoV-2] neutralising antibodies,” he said. “But we have not yet had enough data on the protective properties of the vaccine, more time and more study is needed.”

The Ministry of Health has always supported and created the most favourable conditions for companies and individuals to participate in the production of COVID-19 vaccines, having mobilised many industry-leading scientists in the country’s to participate in the assessment of vaccines.

The health official wants Nanogen to submit a report on research results for phase 2 and initial phase 3, so that the National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research could start evaluation for emergency approval for Nano Covax.

Source: Vietnam News

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/health-ministry-told-nanogen-to-submit-human-trials-data-to-health-ministry-before-august-15-for-reviews-762312.html

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Đắk Lắk people provide food for those in need

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It is in challenging times that we see the best of people. And in Việt Nam, there is no shortage of do-gooders willing to help those in need. In Đắk Lắk volunteers and government officials are collected much-needed produce to send to localities hit hardest by the pandemic.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1002933/dak-lak-people-provides-foos-for-those-in-need.html

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Hospitals in HCMC told not to let Covid-19 patients die at home

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Doctors check the health condition of a Covid-19 patient. The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home as a result of being denied admission or delays in being transported to hospitals for treatment.

Besides, the municipal department ordered these units to readily admit and treat Covid-19 patients, the local media reported.

The hospitals, Covid-19 treatment centers and the 115 Emergency Center must be open round the clock so that residents can access treatment or medical checkups.

In addition, doctors were told to prepare for screening to determine which patients need a referral for treatment.

Moreover, the municipal department asked hospitals and healthcare centers to proactively add more beds, stretchers and oxygen masks to serve patients to prevent their condition from worsening due to delayed treatment.

The heads of these units were tasked with informing their employees of the order and asking them to work toward minimizing the Covid-19 death rate. The heads will assume responsibility for cases in which patients die at home as a result of hospitals denying treatment or delaying admission.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83571/hospitals-in-hcmc-told-not-to-let-covid-19-patients-die-at-home.html

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