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Young doctor dreams of ‘Made in Vietnam’ pharmaceuticals

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Truong Thanh Tung is a young doctor with great aspirations. With experience working abroad, Tung and his research team hope to make antiviral drugs in Vietnam to treat infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Young doctor dreams of 'Made in Vietnam' pharmaceuticals
Truong Thanh Tung researches drugs in the laboratory of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Phenikaa University, in Hanoi. — Photo baotintuc.vn

When still a high school student, Tung was fascinated by creating new substances from chemical reactions. He decided to follow his dream to become a pharmacist and invent new drugs to save patients.

As a Hanoi University of Pharmacy student, Tung had research papers published in international journals. “My recognised research work helped me believe that scientific research is my greatest strength,” said Tung.

A mentee of Prof. Nguyen Hai Nam, Rector of Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Tung has had the opportunity to study and do scientific research in many countries worldwide, such as Korea, the United States and in Europe.

By the age of 33, Tung had 28 articles published in scientific journals, of which 26 were published in international scientific journals.

Although being offered many jobs abroad, Tung chose to return to his homeland of Vietnam to fulfill his dream of making medicines.

“Two years ago, I asked myself these questions: Am I ready to return to Vietnam? Have I accumulated enough experience to return to my homeland and fulfill my dream? Can I research and develop pharmaceuticals in Vietnam?” said Tung.

“When I knew the answers were yes, I quickly returned to Vietnam.”

When the pandemic hit, Tung saw that this was the golden time to return to Vietnam due to his passion for researching infectious diseases.

“In the United States and many European countries, people are interested in making medicines such as cancer treatment and management drugs,” said Tung.

“In Vietnam, infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance are more common. Thus, research on new antibiotics and antivirals are very much needed.”

One of the difficulties stated by Tung in Vietnam is that almost all drugs, including functional foods or therapeutic drugs, have to import pharmaceutical and chemical raw materials from abroad.

Such materials are not available in Vietnam but many countries such as India, China, Korea, and the United States.

“When I returned to Vietnam, the lab where I worked was empty,” said Tung.

Fortunately, he received an offer to work at Phenikaa University, where Tung and his research team at the Faculty of Pharmacy were sponsored and they have received investment in research equipment.

“After a while, I found a way to adapt myself to the conditions in Vietnam, that is, to conduct studies according to foreign methods and flexibly utilise the equipment I have,” said Tung.

Duong Thi Ly Huong, deputy dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Phenikaa University, comments: “Tung is a person who is passionate about scientific research. Despite receiving many job offers from foreign companies, enterprises and research institutes, he still returned to Vietnam with the desire to contribute to his home country, which I deeply respect.”

While studying and researching abroad, Tung was a member of the editorial boards of leading international journals specialising in pharmacy. Thanks to that, he has networked with many leading professors in pharmacy, which has supported Tung and his team immensely, especially with the free testing of new drugs that the research team found.

Tung believes that finding drugs against infectious diseases is crucial for the community. Once an infectious disease is discovered, the number of people infected could be very high. COVID-19 is a clear example.

“If drug research for infectious diseases is successful, more people will have a better chance of being cured,” said Tung.

Until now, Tung’s research team have found several pharmaceutical products that can replace antibiotics. These drugs can help people with antibiotic resistance to treat diseases. They also have had some success in antiretroviral drug work tested on HIV. These studies would be modified to be applied to other viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.

On March 26, Tung was honoured to be awarded the 2021 Young Vietnamese Face Award in scientific research. This is a result of the difficulties he overcame and motivation for him to continue with his passion.

“My team’s long-term aspiration is to produce Made in Vietnam medicine to bring to the people drugs that are synthesised, produced and supplied in Vietnam,” said Tung.

“We will work together to have world-class projects so that international scientists and global pharmaceutical companies can come to Vietnam for technology exchange. I hope our efforts can put Vietnam on the world pharmacy map.” 

Source: Vietnam News 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/young-doctor-dreams-of-made-in-vietnam-pharmaceuticals-827068.html

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – January 29

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— Cold weather is to remain in Vietnam’s northern region on Sunday, with the temperature dropping to nine degrees Celsius in Hanoi and two degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. 

— Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh checked nearly 500 kilometers of sections of the big-ticket North-South Expressway project in the north-central provinces of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh on Saturday.

— A coach carrying 18 passengers flipped over and rolled over several times in Son La Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, killing three people, seriously injuring four others, and slightly injuring the remainder.

— A collision between a passenger train and a trailer truck occurred in Hanoi on Saturday, injuring a railway guard, damaging the locomotive and the trailer truck, and causing congestion on the railway for 2.5 hours.

— Firefighters in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Friday evening put out a fire breaking out on a fishing boat anchored at Tho Quang fishing port in Son Tra District, preventing the blaze from spreading to other fishing boats. At the time, some 60 fishing boats docked there.

— Police in northern Yen Bai Province are investigating the death of a ninth grader who was hospitalized after fainting away while drinking alcohol with friends, local authorities said on Saturday.

— A male security guard at the Yen Tu national relic in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has been suspended for jumping onto the hood of a tourist’s car. Earlier, the car owner had failed to follow the security guard’s instruction to move to a parking lot.

Lifestyle

— The traditional Tich dien (ploughing) festival was held in Ha Nam Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, or the seventh day of this lunar year, to pray for ideal weather and a bumper crop this year.

Sports

— Vietnamese star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai played in a game for his Ligue 2 outfit Pau FC for the first time in three months on Saturday morning (Vietnam time) as a sub against FC Annecy.

World news

— Colombia seized 671 tonnes of cocaine in 2022, more than any other year on record, Reuters cited the report by the South American country’s defense ministry on Saturday.

— “New Zealand’s deadly flood emergency continued on Sunday after heavy rainfall hit the country’s north island, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads,” Reuters reported.

— “Tens of thousands of public school teachers and other staff marched in Lisbon on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting further pressure on the Portuguese government as it grapples with a cost of living crisis,” Reuters reported.

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— Cold weather is to remain in Vietnam’s northern region on Sunday, with the temperature dropping to nine degrees Celsius in Hanoi and two degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting. 

— Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh checked nearly 500 kilometers of sections of the big-ticket North-South Expressway project in the north-central provinces of Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh on Saturday.

— A coach carrying 18 passengers flipped over and rolled over several times in Son La Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, killing three people, seriously injuring four others, and slightly injuring the remainder.

— A collision between a passenger train and a trailer truck occurred in Hanoi on Saturday, injuring a railway guard, damaging the locomotive and the trailer truck, and causing congestion on the railway for 2.5 hours.

— Firefighters in Da Nang City, central Vietnam on Friday evening put out a fire breaking out on a fishing boat anchored at Tho Quang fishing port in Son Tra District, preventing the blaze from spreading to other fishing boats. At the time, some 60 fishing boats docked there.

— Police in northern Yen Bai Province are investigating the death of a ninth grader who was hospitalized after fainting away while drinking alcohol with friends, local authorities said on Saturday.

— A male security guard at the Yen Tu national relic in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam has been suspended for jumping onto the hood of a tourist’s car. Earlier, the car owner had failed to follow the security guard’s instruction to move to a parking lot.

Lifestyle

— The traditional Tich dien (ploughing) festival was held in Ha Nam Province, northern Vietnam on Saturday, or the seventh day of this lunar year, to pray for ideal weather and a bumper crop this year.

Sports

— Vietnamese star midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai played in a game for his Ligue 2 outfit Pau FC for the first time in three months on Saturday morning (Vietnam time) as a sub against FC Annecy.

World news

— Colombia seized 671 tonnes of cocaine in 2022, more than any other year on record, Reuters cited the report by the South American country’s defense ministry on Saturday.

— “New Zealand’s deadly flood emergency continued on Sunday after heavy rainfall hit the country’s north island, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads,” Reuters reported.

— “Tens of thousands of public school teachers and other staff marched in Lisbon on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions, putting further pressure on the Portuguese government as it grapples with a cost of living crisis,” Reuters reported.

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Merit money at Vietnam religious facilities not subject to state management: new fiat

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Merit money donated to religious establishments, whether they are located in classified or listed relic sites, is not subject to state management but it is under control by those facilities themselves, according to a new rule included in a circular recently issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance.

The circular, which ‘guides the management of financial revenue and expenditure for festival organization and merit money, funding for monuments and festival activities,’ was promulgated on January 19, 2023 after its draft version was released to the public for feedback in 2021. 

Under the new rule, which will take effect on March 19 this year, representatives of belief and religious establishments will be responsible for the management and use of merit money voluntarily donated to them by individuals and organizations during their visits to such places of worship.

This regulation, which is in contrary to the previous one in the draft version, is applied to every religious and belief facility, whether they are located in relic areas under state management or those belonging to private ownership.

If a belief or religious establishment is located within a relic site that is put under the management of a public non-business unit, then such a facility is required to pay that unit a part of the cost related to its repair, maintenance, renovation, upgrade or new constructions, if any, in addition to expenses for the maintenance of security and order, environmental sanitation, and others.

In the event that the relic area belongs to private ownership, then the owner of the relic will be entitled to manage and use merit money collected from relevant belief or religious facilities.

In April 2021, the ministry introduced the draft version of the circular including a rule putting merit money at belief and religious facilities under state management.

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

After the draft document was released for public comment and feedback, the suggested rule encountered strong opposition from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and some local churches such as the VBS in Quang Ninh Province.

These religious organizations sent documents to the finance ministry and other ministries and agencies requesting that the state not manage merit money at any religious establishment.

In its written proposal dated June 17, 2021, the VBS commented that such a rule secularized the sacredness of merit money offered by individuals and organizations to belief and religious establishments.

The proposal was sent to the Government Committee for Religion, the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization, the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The VBS said in its document that the term ‘merit money’ was not defined or explained in the draft circular as well as in any other legal documents of the state.

It commented that putting merit money under state management would not ensure the private ownership of the VBS and Buddhist practitioners as provided for in the Vietnamese Constitution and current legislation. 

The VBS cited provisions in the 2016 Law on Beliefs and Religions and the 2015 Civil Code as affirming that religious organizations have the right to receive and own lawful assets voluntarily offered to them by domestic and foreign organizations and individuals.

The VBS also cited Article 53 of the 2013 Constitution as stipulating that merit money is not ‘public property that is owned by all the people, and represented and uniformly managed by the state.’

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Merit money donated to religious establishments, whether they are located in classified or listed relic sites, is not subject to state management but it is under control by those facilities themselves, according to a new rule included in a circular recently issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance.

The circular, which ‘guides the management of financial revenue and expenditure for festival organization and merit money, funding for monuments and festival activities,’ was promulgated on January 19, 2023 after its draft version was released to the public for feedback in 2021. 

Under the new rule, which will take effect on March 19 this year, representatives of belief and religious establishments will be responsible for the management and use of merit money voluntarily donated to them by individuals and organizations during their visits to such places of worship.

This regulation, which is in contrary to the previous one in the draft version, is applied to every religious and belief facility, whether they are located in relic areas under state management or those belonging to private ownership.

If a belief or religious establishment is located within a relic site that is put under the management of a public non-business unit, then such a facility is required to pay that unit a part of the cost related to its repair, maintenance, renovation, upgrade or new constructions, if any, in addition to expenses for the maintenance of security and order, environmental sanitation, and others.

In the event that the relic area belongs to private ownership, then the owner of the relic will be entitled to manage and use merit money collected from relevant belief or religious facilities.

In April 2021, the ministry introduced the draft version of the circular including a rule putting merit money at belief and religious facilities under state management.

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

A woman is shown putting merit money into a box at Quan Su Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Thien Dieu/ Tien Phong

After the draft document was released for public comment and feedback, the suggested rule encountered strong opposition from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and some local churches such as the VBS in Quang Ninh Province.

These religious organizations sent documents to the finance ministry and other ministries and agencies requesting that the state not manage merit money at any religious establishment.

In its written proposal dated June 17, 2021, the VBS commented that such a rule secularized the sacredness of merit money offered by individuals and organizations to belief and religious establishments.

The proposal was sent to the Government Committee for Religion, the Central Committee for Mass Mobilization, the Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The VBS said in its document that the term ‘merit money’ was not defined or explained in the draft circular as well as in any other legal documents of the state.

It commented that putting merit money under state management would not ensure the private ownership of the VBS and Buddhist practitioners as provided for in the Vietnamese Constitution and current legislation. 

The VBS cited provisions in the 2016 Law on Beliefs and Religions and the 2015 Civil Code as affirming that religious organizations have the right to receive and own lawful assets voluntarily offered to them by domestic and foreign organizations and individuals.

The VBS also cited Article 53 of the 2013 Constitution as stipulating that merit money is not ‘public property that is owned by all the people, and represented and uniformly managed by the state.’

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My Thuan Bridge in southern Vietnam packed with returnees to Ho Chi Minh City

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The My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang Provinces in southern Vietnam was crowded on Saturday as residents in the Mekong Delta rushed back to Ho Chi Minh City after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Dozens of thousands of vehicles were seen on the bridge and a 40-kilometer road section from a road leading to the Can Tho Bridge to the My Thuan Bridge.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long Province continuously patrolled to control the situation.

However, the traffic was heavy on a three-kilometer section from the welcome gate of Vinh Long City of the namesake province to the My Thuan Bridge.

Many people stopped on the sidewalks to wait for faster traffic.

Vinh Long traffic police officers attributed the congestion to the huge volume of vehicles waiting to enter the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway.

A leader of the Tien Giang Traffic Police Division said a container truck broke down on the bridge, causing the gridlock.

A National Highway 80 section from Dong Thap Province to the My Thuan Bridge faced the same fate with autos and motorbikes queuing up for several kilometers.

Vehicles also filled a 10-kilometer bypass in Vinh Long City.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long and Tien Giang have cooperated to deal with the congestion.

Below are photos of the large volume of vehicles on the My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang:

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

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The My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang Provinces in southern Vietnam was crowded on Saturday as residents in the Mekong Delta rushed back to Ho Chi Minh City after the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Dozens of thousands of vehicles were seen on the bridge and a 40-kilometer road section from a road leading to the Can Tho Bridge to the My Thuan Bridge.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long Province continuously patrolled to control the situation.

However, the traffic was heavy on a three-kilometer section from the welcome gate of Vinh Long City of the namesake province to the My Thuan Bridge.

Many people stopped on the sidewalks to wait for faster traffic.

Vinh Long traffic police officers attributed the congestion to the huge volume of vehicles waiting to enter the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway.

A leader of the Tien Giang Traffic Police Division said a container truck broke down on the bridge, causing the gridlock.

A National Highway 80 section from Dong Thap Province to the My Thuan Bridge faced the same fate with autos and motorbikes queuing up for several kilometers.

Vehicles also filled a 10-kilometer bypass in Vinh Long City.

Traffic police officers of Vinh Long and Tien Giang have cooperated to deal with the congestion.

Below are photos of the large volume of vehicles on the My Thuan Bridge connecting Vinh Long and Tien Giang:

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Residents weave in and out of the traffic to pass through the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles thread their way through the traffic. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

The approach road to the My Thuan Bridge is narrow, causing a bottleneck. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Autos move slowly on the My Thuan Bridge. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

Vehicles form a long line of over 10 kilometers from the My Thuan Bridge to Can Tho City. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tien Phong

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