Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (July 28): Vietnam Confirms 2,861 More Cases In Morning

More than 5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered nationwide, with more than 450,000 people have received full two jabs.
July 28, 2021 | 08:24
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Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (July 28): Vietnam Confirms 2,861 More Cases In Morning
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Vietnam confirms 2,861 more Covid-19 cases across 17 localities

As many as 2,861 cases were diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including three imported ones, pushing the national tally to 117,121, said the Ministry of Health in its July 28 morning update. Among the new cases, 403 were recorded in the community and the rest in isolation or lockdown areas.

Of the domestic infections, 2,115 were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai (134), Tay Ninh (120), Dong Thap (91), Khanh Hoa (86), Hanoi (69), Ba Ria - Vung Tau (56), Tra Vinh (38), Ben Tre (32), Phu Yen (30), Tien Giang (30), An Giang (24), Dak Lak (13), Soc Trang (12), Can Tho (5), Binh Dinh (2) and Hai Duong (1).

One day earlier, Vietnam registered 7,913 active coronavirus cases, including 7,911 local transmissions, with the majority recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, the nation’s current biggest hotspot at 6,318.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (July 28): Vietnam Confirms 2,861 More Cases In Morning
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Additional 12,000 volunteers get second Nano Covax vaccine shots in the third trial phase

Research centers on July 27 began the injection of the second shots of Covid-19 Nano Covax vaccine for 12,000 volunteers as part of the third-phase human trials of the home-grown vaccine, according to the Military Medical University under the Ministry of National Defence.

They are among 13,000 volunteers involving in the third trial phase, 1,000 of whom already received the second dose on July 22.

Nano Covax has been developed by the Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC based on recombinant DNA/protein technology from May 2020. It went through the first phase trial from December 18, 2020, and the second phase from February 26, 2021. The third phase started on June 11, 2021. Results from the first two trial phases showed that all volunteers developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (July 28): Vietnam Confirms 2,861 More Cases In Morning
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Japan transfers Covid-19 vaccine tech to Vietnam

A Japanese drugmaker has signed a deal on Covid-19 vaccine technology transfer with two Vietnamese companies, according to Dr. Nguyen Ngo Quang, deputy director of the Department of Science, Technology, and Training.

The agreement was penned by Shionogi of Japan and the International Progress Joint Stock Company (AIC) and the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1 (VABITOECH), Dr. Quang said on July 27. The impending transfer of relevant vaccine technology is the Recombinant SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein (BaculovirusExpression Vector System), said the official, disclosing no further information.

Earlier, VABIOTECH and DS-Bio, a Vietnamese Vaccines and Biological Products Joint Stock Company had signed an agreement with Russia's sovereign wealth fund Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to manufacture glass vials and package the Sputnik V vaccine in Vietnam. Thousands of vaccine samples have been sent to Russia to undergo evaluation and quality assessment. The United States had also agreed to transfer the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine technology to VinGroup, the largest Vietnamese conglomerate, in May.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (July 28): Vietnam Confirms 2,861 More Cases In Morning
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11 southern provinces apply night-time restrictions

11 southern provinces have required residents not to go out between 6 pm and 5-6 am the next day in an effort to curb the Covid-19 spread. The travel ban will be effective from Wednesday in the industrial provinces Binh Duong and Dong Nai that border HCMC, and the nearby Binh Phuoc Province. The order came as Binh Duong has recorded more than 8,900 infections in the new wave, Dong Nai more than 2,700, and Binh Phuoc 133.

The restrictions in the localities will last until Aug. 1 or until further notice. All southern localities, including 13 in the Mekong Delta, had already imposed social distancing measures in accordance with government Directive 16 for two weeks starting July 19. The directive requires everyone to stay home and only go out if necessary to buy food or medicine or to work where allowed. No more than two people can gather together in public apart from at work, school, or hospital.

However, with the ongoing Covid-19 community wave growing more complicated, several localities have decided to boost restrictions to a higher level.

With the latest discovery, the nation has so far confirmed 114,915 local infections and 2,206 imported ones. Notably, a total of 113,345 locally transmitted cases were found in the latest coronavirus wave that hit the nation in late April. 6 out of 62 provinces and cities have now gone 14 days without any new cases of local transmission being detected, while 11 other provinces have recorded no secondary infections.

More than 5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered nationwide, with more than 450,000 people have received full two jabs.

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