COVID-19 Updates Vietnam (August 13): 3 new cases, vaccine production process completed

Domestic Covid-19 vaccine research and development units are optimizing the process, preparing for human trials.
August 13, 2020 | 09:52
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An isolation center in Vietnam (Photo: PLO)

3 fresh cases reported

The 6 am report on August 13 of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Control and Prevention, announced that 3 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, of which 2 cases are citizens in Quang Nam and 1 case in Bac Lieu. All of those 3 patients are now isolated and treated in Quang Nam Regional General Hospital. Thus, up to now, Vietnam has reported 883 COVID-19 patients.

Number of quarantined people: 133,340, of which:

- Concentrated isolation at hospitals: 5,361

- Concentrated isolation at other establishments: 25,043

- Self isolation: 102,936

According to the report of the Treatment Sub-Committee - National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Control and Prevention, another 9 patients were declared cured. Therefore, up to now, 409/ 883 patients in Vietnam have been declared cured, accounted for 46.3%.

Vietnam loses another patient for COVID-19, death toll reaches 18

On the morning of August 13, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son, Head of the Permanent Division of Special Operations COVID-19 of the Ministry of Health in Da Nang City, announced the death of patient no 485. This is the 18th death caused by COVID-19 since the pandemic occurred in Vietnam.

Patient no 485 is a 52-year-old female patient, 52 years old, lives in Cam Le, Da Nang. She has a medical history of end-stage chronic renal failure, hypertension, type 2 diabetes.

Fatal diagnosis: COVID-19 complicates severe pneumonia, together with end-stage chronic renal failure, hypertension, type 2 diabetes.

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A scientist checks a mouse tested with a Vietnam's Covid-19 vaccine candidate at a lab in Hanoi, July 1, 2020. (Photo VnExpress)

Production process for Covid-19 vaccine completed

After a successful trial period that showed COVID-19 vaccine "made in Vietnam" produced good immunity, domestic Covid-19 research and development units were optimizing the process and preparing for human injection and large scale production.

Dr. Do Tuan Dat, Chairman of Vaccine and Biological Products One Member Limited Company (VABIOTECH - Ministry of Health) - the unit that studied the Covid-19 vaccine since the beginning of the pandemic, said that VABIOTECH has conducted Covid-19 vaccine testing in animals. The results showed that the antigen of the vaccine has an immune response, ensures safety and effectiveness, in preventing diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Representatives of the research team said that scientists are currently in the process of optimizing the production process. It is necessary to develop quality standards that the vaccine must meet, optimize the production process to be suitable for large scale production, all aim to produce large quantities in a short time.

On announcing the selection of raw materials for the production of Covid-19 vaccine, Dr. Dat evaluated: “The successful test results in the previous stage give us the basis to deploy the current stage. Now we can confirm we are on the right track. To be specific, we were right in choosing the antigenic region of the virus, which is an almost decisive factor, a ''core '' raw material for vaccine production, to create an immune response", cited by Thanh Nien.

According to Dr. Dat, vaccine production technology is approaching, mastering virus vector technology. With his technology, the new vaccine may have the advantage of high efficiency and short production time.

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Dong Thap is looking for a young man who escaped from the isolation center (Photo:PLO)

Dong Thap: Looking for a young man escaping from the isolation center

On August 12, The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Control and Prevention Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap Province said that local authorities were looking for a young man named Nguyen Van Tam who had fled the isolation center.

Previously, Tam illegally entered Vietnam from Cambodia. He was arrested by the border police at Dinh Ba International Border Gate, Tan Hong District. After that, Tam was transferred to a concentrated isolation center of the Hong Ngu Medical Center on the evening of August 10.

On the morning of August 11, Tam escaped the quarantine area while not having been tested for COVID-19. According to PLO, Tam has no stable job in Cambodia. He is reported to be "uncooperative".

The Steering Committee for the COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hong Ngu district requested the People's Committees of districts, towns, and cities to review accommodation rental facilities for Nguyen Van Tam information. At the same time, the Department of Transport is requested to notify the parking lot of Nguyen Van Tam. If any information on the above cases is detected, immediately notify the local police and health forces or contact the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Hong Ngu district.

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