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Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (April 3): Vietnam taps EU, US, Japan for Covid-19 vaccine access

April 03, 2021 | 09:45

Vietnam saw three new imported COVID-cases in the evening of April 2, according to the Ministry of Health.

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3 new cases in the last 24 hours

Vietnam saw three new imported COVID-cases in the evening of April 2, according to the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, no new cases, both imported and community, found on the morning of April 3.

To live safely with the pandemic, the MoH advised people to remain proactive in pandemic prevention and control by continuing to wear face masks when going out, disinfecting frequently, maintaining a safe distance, refraining from mass gatherings, and making medical declarations.

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Vietnam taps EU, US, Japan for Covid-19 vaccine access

Vietnam has sought assistance from the EU, the U.S., and Japan for accessing Covid-19 vaccine sources, the Ministry of Health said. In a meeting with diplomats and international institutions Thursday, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long told U.S. ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink that Vietnam was seeking access to Covid-19 vaccines already approved by the U.S., including those produced by Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Long also requested Japan to help and share its Covid-19 vaccine sources, including cooperating in technology transfer so that the vaccines could be produced and tested in Vietnam.

Yamada Takio, the Japanese ambassador, said Vietnam and Japan have supported each other in the Covid-19 fight. In a dialogue, late last month with Party Chief and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan would provide ¥220 million ($1.8 million) to support Vietnam’s efforts to counter the pandemic.

Giorgio Aliberti, the EU ambassador to Vietnam, said the EU has already sponsored global vaccine access mechanism Covax with more than $2.5 billion. Vietnam recently received 811,200 Covid-19 vaccine doses from the facility, he noted. Long asked that the EU continues to help Vietnam by facilitating access to Covid-19 vaccine sources in Europe.

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Deputy PM has 'slight' side effects after 2nd dose of Vietnamese Covid vaccine

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam said he "felt normal and only had slight side effects" after getting his second shot of made-in-Vietnam Nanocovax vaccine.

"When I got the first shot in late February, I felt slightly groggy and had no fever," he said while speaking to correspondents on Thursday. "When I received my second shot late last month, I had a mild fever. The dizziness was more evident than last time, but it was gone two days later."

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam was one of 560 volunteers in the second phase of human trials. "My blood test results after getting the second shot showed that the antibody concentration was very high." But he warned that all indigenous Covid-19 vaccines are in the trial phase and one could not say for sure when the first would roll out. None of the volunteers so far have experienced serious side effects.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam gets his second shot of Vietnamese vaccine Nanocovax as part of its human trials in Hanoi, March 26, 2021.

The total number of infections in the country is 2,594, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said. Of the total, 1,603 are domestically transmitted cases, including 910 infections since the third wave of outbreaks hit the country on January 27. The death toll from the disease was still kept at 35.

The MoH’s Medical Service Administration reported that 51 more patients have been given the all-clear from coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,359. Among active patients undergoing treatment at medical establishments across the country, 18 tested negative to the virus once, 15 twice, and 37 thrice.

As many as 46,454 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic regions are being quarantined nationwide, including 506 in hospitals, 19,379 in state-designated establishments, and 26,569 at their residences.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a decision on the allocation of more expenses to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and conduct inoculations.

vietnam covid 19 updates april 1 8 continuous days recording no community cases Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (April 1): 8 continuous days recording no community cases

According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam has gone through 8 continuous days recording no community cases.

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From 6 am on March 30 to 6 am on March 31, Vietnam records no new COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health.

Valerie Mai