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Vietnam to contest for UN Human Rights Council seat

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh at an online UN meeting. Photo courtesy of the Vietnam government portal.


Vietnam will run for the UN Human Rights Council’s 2023-25 term, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has said.

Minh, who is leading the Vietnamese delegation to an UNHRC session, said on Monday the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has killed millions and affected billions of others, burdening countries’ medical and social security systems and affecting human rights.

The Vietnamese government portal quoted him as saying that as the world move towards a “new normal,” the pandemic serves as an opportunity for it to build a brighter future where international unity and cooperation are key elements in overcoming challenges.

Saying that keeping society safe amid the pandemic is the best way to ensure human rights, he highlighted Vietnam’s policies, efforts and achievements in protecting and promoting human rights in fighting the pandemic, sustaining economic growth and ensuring social security.

He also noted Vietnam’s contribution to the global pandemic fight in the form of supplying masks and medical equipment to over 50 countries and recommending that Dec. 27 be made International Day for Epidemic Preparedness to promote awareness of disease prevention and response.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-to-contest-for-un-human-rights-council-seat-4238882.html

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74 volunteers receive made-in-Việt Nam COVID-19 vaccine in human trial’s Phase II

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A volunteer receives a dose of Nano Covax, Việt Nam’s first COVID-19 vaccine, as the Phase 2 of the human trial begins at the Military Medical University on Friday. — VNA/ Photo Minh Quyết

HÀ NỘI — A total of 74 volunteers were given the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine, Nano Covax, in phase II of human trials on Friday.

Nanocovax is Việt Nam’s first COVID-19 vaccine reaching the human trial stage, developed by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC and the Military Medical University (MMU) in Hà Nội.

According to a representative from MMU, the phase 2 was held concurrently at two places, 35 were given the jabs at the MMU and Pasteur Institute in HCM City will administer the shots to 39 volunteers in the southern province of Long An.

The Phase 2 trial is expected to see the participation of up to 560 volunteers aged 18-60. Some of them have underlying health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes but are not too severe.

The trial of the vaccine at the two places, compared to the first phase where the vaccine is being administered in Hà Nội only, could speed up the progress by shortening the study time to three months instead of six months while ensuring scientific data is accurate, the representative said.

The first 35 volunteers in Hà Nội were chosen among about 300 people who registered to participate in the second-stage trial of the vaccine at the MMU after undergoing rigorous medical examinations. 

They are divided into four random groups to receive three doses of 25mcg, 50mcg and 75mcg of the vaccine or a placebo.

“Because the trial sees the participation of volunteers with underlying health conditions, we have been prepared for all scenarios and ensured safety for all volunteers,” said Lieutenant-General Đỗ Quyết, Director of the Military Medical University.

He said the results of the trial would be announced in May before the third stage trial during which only one single shot of the vaccine is to be injected for 10,000-15,000 people from domestic and foreign pandemic-hit areas.

Test results of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine showed that it is safe and has no serious complications and might be effective against B117, the new variant in the United Kingdom, Quyết said.

He also said the research team would evaluate the immune response carefully in the second phase.

“Although we have shortened the trial of the vaccine by half with great efforts by the research units, more efforts should be made and the compliance with set standards is a must,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam as he visited the first 35 volunteers on Friday.

He stressed the need to have a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Việt Nam as quickly as possible, adding that the successes of the trial would not only serve as effective against COVID-19 but also boost the pride of Vietnamese scientists who take part in the research and development of vaccines as well as of the public at large. 

Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam, Head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, visited the volunteers and the medical staff involved in the vaccine trial at Military Medical University (MMU) in Hà Nội on Friday. — VNA/ Photo 

At the vaccine administration site in the southern province of Long An, a 57-year-old man from Thanh Phú Commune in the province’s Bến Lức District told Việt Nam News: “After I heard about the second phase of human trials on the media, I went to the health centre to register as a volunteer.”

“I feel very happy to get the vaccine.”

Another volunteer, 51, from the same commune said: “I was provided careful counselling about the vaccine. I also read about the results of the first phase. I trust the vaccine’s effectiveness. I was happy to be selected.”

Nguyễn Ngô Quang, deputy director of the Department of Science, Technology and Training, said: “Besides importing COVID-19 vaccines, the country also has to research and develop the vaccine to ensure health security.”

The imported vaccines are only meant for use now, and the country has to rely on domestic production in future, according to Quang.

The country also has other vaccine candidates being developed by the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals, the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No 1 and the Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals. — 

A health worker administered the vaccine shot for a man in Long An Province during the human trial. — VNA/ Photo Đức Hạnh

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/888043/74-volunteers-receive-made-in-viet-nam-covid-19-vaccine-in-human-trials-phase-ii.html

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Five new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday evening

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Five new cases reported this evening, one imported and four community cases in Hai Duong who were quarantined.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/888033/five-new-covid-19-cases-reported-on-friday-evening.html

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Five new Covid-19 patients diagnosed

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A health worker is seen wearing a protective suit amid coronavirus fears – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

HCMC – The Health Ministry has confirmed five fresh Covid-19 patients this evening, February 26, including four locally-infected cases in Hai Duong Province and one imported case, raising Vietnam’s tally to 2,426 to date.

The four cases in Hai Duong, which is now the country’s biggest coronavirus hotspot, are residents in Kim Thanh, Cam Giang, and Tu Ky districts. They were linked to previously confirmed coronavirus patients and are under treatment at two Covid-19 field hospitals in this northern province.

As for the imported case, she was found to have entered the Vietnamese province of Dong Thap illegally through a border crossing on February 23 and was placed in quarantine. The 24-year-old resident of Can Tho City is being treated at the Hong Ngu General Hospital.

Up to now, 1,804 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, while fatalities remained at 35.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/80706/five-new-covid-19-patients-diagnosed.html

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