Vietnam Approves UAE-made Hayat-Vax Vaccine for Emergency Use

The UAE-made Hayat-Vax vaccine is the seventh to be approved for emergency use in Vietnam.
September 11, 2021 | 08:15
Hayat-Vax is the same Sinopharm CNBG’s BiBP inactivated vaccine that was officially registered by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on December 9, 2020 and subsequently by the Chinese Center for Drug Evaluation on December 30, 2020. — Photo courtesy of G42 Healthcare/Julphar
Hayat-Vax is the same Sinopharm CNBG’s BiBP inactivated vaccine that was officially registered by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on December 9, 2020 and subsequently by the Chinese Center for Drug Evaluation on December 30, 2020. — Photo courtesy of G42 Healthcare/Julphar

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health said on September 10 that it has approved the emergency use of the Hayat-Vax Covid-19 vaccine manufactured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the seventh to obtain such authorisation.

The Hayat Vax (Hayat means “life” in Arabic) is the same as Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 vaccine Vero Cell Inactivated, which was given emergency use approval in Vietnam earlier in June, Viet Nam News said.

According to the document signed by Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong, the vaccine is produced by Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd., subsidiary of China National Biotec Group.

The products are packaged by Julphar Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries in the UAE under an agreement between Abu Dhabi's G42 and Sinopharm.

Vimedimex Medi-Pharma Joint Stock Company will submit the documents to health authorities for approval to handle the purchase and import of the vaccine into Vietnam

A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Thu Duc City, August 15, 2021. Photo: VnExpress
A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Thu Duc City, August 15, 2021. Photo: VnExpress

Other vaccines approved for use in Vietnam are AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sputnik V, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Spikevax (Moderna), Comirnaty (Pfizer/BioNTech) and Vero Cell (CNBG/Sinopharm).

The majority of the doses used in Vietnam to date have been AstraZeneca.

As of September 10 morning, the country had administered over 26 million Covid-19 vaccine shots, out of the 33 million doses it has received so far.

HCM City, with 7.2 million jabs administered, leads the country in terms of vaccine coverage, followed by Hanoi with over 4 million doses.

Southern COVID-19 hot spots like Benh Duong, Long An, and Dong Nai reported 1.5 million, 1.46 million and 1.3 million shots administered so far, respectively.

86-percent efficacy

A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine shot in HCMC's Thu Duc City, August 15, 2021. Photo: VnExpress
The UAE has said its trials showed the vaccine has 86-percent efficacy, while Sinopharm reports 79.34-percent efficacy based on interim results. Photo: VNA

The UAE, through G42, hosted phase-three clinical trials of the Sinopharm vaccine from July last year, which later expanded to other countries in the region including Bahrain.

The UAE approved the vaccine for front-line workers in September before making it available to the general public in December.

The UAE has said its trials showed the vaccine has 86-percent efficacy, while Sinopharm reports 79.34-percent efficacy based on interim results.

The final vaccine product in each 0.5 ml dose is composed of 6.5U (4μg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 antigens and aluminium hydroxide adjuvant in phosphate-buffered saline.

Each vial contains a single dose for intramuscular administration./.

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