Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (May 27): 45 deaths confirmed

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May 27, 2021 | 08:31
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Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (May 27): 45 deaths confirmed
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180 new cases over the last 24 hours

Vietnam recorded 40 more locally infected COVID-19 cases on the morning of May 26. The ministry said among the new patients, 27 were recorded in Bac Giang province, 6 in Hanoi, four in Bac Ninh province, and one each in Dien Bien and Hai Duong provinces, and the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Kim Chung commune in Hanoi's outlying district of Dong Anh.

115 cases of COVID-19, all local infections, were reported on the afternoon of May 26. The new cases comprise 64 in Bac Ninh, 39 in Bac Giang, nine in Hanoi, two in Hai Duong, and one in Thai Nguyen.

25 new cases, 1 imported and 24 locally transmitted, found in the morning of May 27. The new patients were recorded in the epicenter Bac Giang and the nearby Lang Son Province.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (May 27): 45 deaths confirmed
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Vietnam confirmed 45 deaths from COVID-19

The Treatment Subcommittee under the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on May 26 confirmed the 45th COVID-19- related death – a 67-year-old female with serious underlying health conditions. The patient, residing in the northern province of Bac Ninh’s Thuan Thanh district, had a history of hypertension, radiation-induced hypothyroidism, diabetes, and obesity.

On May 11, she was admitted to the Thuan Thanh General Hospital and was isolated for pneumonia treatment. One day later, she tested positive for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, then was transferred to the Bac Ninh General Hospital for further treatment.

Her conditions got worse on May 25, and he died later the same day due to septic shock and SARS-CoV-2-induced pneumonia with underlying conditions noted as hypertension, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and obesity.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (May 27): 45 deaths confirmed
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Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccine set to begin phase 3 trials in June

Vietnam’s domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine, Nano Covax, will begin Phase 3 of clinical trials in June involving up to 13,000 volunteers.

Phase 3 will be divided into smaller segments – with the first involving some 800-1,000 registered volunteers and will gradually expand to larger groups in future segments. The Vietnam Military Academy in Hanoi and Hung Yen province’s health authorities in the north, along with and HCM City Pasteur Institute and Long An province’s health authorities will help administer the vaccines in volunteers and monitor responses.

The optimal dosage for phase 3 will be 25mcg. All three dosages of 25mcg, 50mcg, and 75mcg of the vaccine trial in the first two phases provided largely similar levels of immune responses against coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) so the committee chose the lowest dosage to save on materials.

If things go well, phase 3 trials could conclude by the end of September and commercial production could start soon after.

Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (May 27): 45 deaths confirmed
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PM urges curbing of COVID-19 in Bac Ninh, Bac Giang provinces

During an online meeting on May 26 with leaders of the two provinces, where the pandemic is spreading in industrial parks (IPs), Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh directed agencies to work with Bac Ninh and Bac Giang to increase testing capacity, especially in quarantined areas, use technology, as requested by the Ministry of Information and Communications, seriously follow the “5K vaccine” message, and tighten exits and entries.

He asked for the upgrading of infrastructure and treatment capacity and the provision of more medical supplies for the two provinces to cope with the pandemic, particularly vaccines, and the consideration of quarantine for “F1” cases in households, factories, and enterprises.

The PM reminded ministries and agencies to work closely together to build the COVID-19 response fund, step-up access to vaccines for the vaccination rollout, tighten the management of entries, exits, and residency, outline safe and effective production, trade, and goods transportation procedures, and tackle difficulties in financial procedures to support residents and businesses hit by the pandemic.

Vietnam has so far documented 4,621 local transmissions and 1,490 imported cases. The country has recorded a total of 3,051 local cases in the latest COVID-19 wave which recurred in the nation in late April.

One day earlier, 59 patients were declared free from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 2,853. The latest death of a 67-year-old woman confirmed the same day raised the total COVID-19 related deaths to 45.

The ministry also reported that an additional 795 people were vaccinated against the coronavirus on May 26, raising the total number of vaccinated people in the country to 1,034,867, mainly frontline medical workers, and members of community-based anti-COVID-19 groups, and the steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control.

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