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Vietnam eyes License of first homegrown Covid-19 Vaccine in Q3

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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April 02, 2021 | 07:50

Given the current speed of the Nanocovax vaccine’s human trial, Vietnam is expecting to have the first domestic Covid-19 vaccine greenlighted in late 2021.

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Boxes of Nanocovax vaccine (Photo: NanogenPharma)

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy made the statement at the press conference in Hanoi on March 31 afternoon. Duy stressed that Nanocovax vaccine’s trial speed was the highlight of Vietnam’s vaccination program. On top of that, medical authorities are also planning to speed up mechanism and timely support the third phase.

According to Mr. Nguyen Mai Duong, Chief of Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology, science and technology agencies and organizations are pulling all the stops in the quest for Covid-19 vaccines.

Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Jsc is scheduled to trial its Nanocovax vaccine in the third phase in early May.

“If everything goes as planned, Nanogen will complete its vaccine evaluation target of 1,000 people. Nanocovax is expected to be granted use authorization in late Quarter 3 of 2021”, Duong was quoted as saying.

Mr. Trinh Thanh Hung, Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology for the economic - technical sectors, said the initial results proved made-in-Vietnam Nanocovax vaccine was highly effective on humans and could generate antibodies against the novel coronavirus.

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A volunteer receive the second shot of the Nano Covax vaccine. Photo: VOV News.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on March 26 received the second shot of the made-in-Vietnam NanoCovax vaccine. After the injection, the official waited 30 minutes for medical monitoring and then talked to other volunteers, expressing his trust in those engaging in NanoCovax research and trials.

At the current progress, scientists would be able to submit the preliminary test results to the National Council for Ethics in Biomedical Research in late June or early July for the approval of the third phase of the trial on a larger scale, he continued.

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam gets the second shot of made-in-Vietnam NanoCovax COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: VOV

Vietnam, the country’s been showered with praises over comprehensive and effective COVID-19 containment attainment is having three other potential vaccines on hands. The vaccines are studied and produced by Vabiotech, Polyvac and the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVMB), all have completed the laboratory production process.

IVMB’s candidate Covivac has entered the first phase of human trials in early March after yielding safe and strong immunity response on animals.

The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines sourced via the global Covax program, containing 811,200 AstraZeneca doses, has arrived at Noi Bai International Airport April 1 morning.

As reported by VNE, the batch was then transferred to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) for preservation. The Ministry of Health will be in charge of coordinating the vaccines. However, it is yet to announce any plan to allocate the batch.

Vietnam is expecting 60 million doses of the UK’s AstraZeneca vaccine, with 30 million sourced via Covax and another 30 million by order.

On February 24, the first 117,600 purchased doses arrived in the country and have been administered to nearly 50,000 prioritized recipients in the National Expanded Vaccination program.

On March 23, Vietnam greenlighted Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use.

Regarding domestically produced Covid-19 vaccines, the country is eyeing self-provision of vaccines in Quarter 3 this year, as soon as the homegrown Nanocovax finishes its third phase of human trials.

The thirst for Covid-19 vaccines in the world has never been this much. Many countries, including India, are banning Covid-19 vaccine export to serve the urgent needs of domestic vaccination. The move, known as “vaccine nationalism” is making it more difficult for poor countries to get access to the already short-supplied Covid-19 vaccine sources.
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