Vietnam licensed to circulate the first Covid-19 vaccine – VnExpress

The Advisory Council for drug circulation registration (Ministry of Health) has allowed Covid-19 Astra Zeneca vaccine to circulate in Vietnam.

On the morning of January 30, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said the vaccine was approved for emergency prevention against Covid-19. Astra Zeneca has committed to providing Vietnam with about 30 million doses by 2021. It is expected that in the first quarter of 2021, the Astra Zeneca vaccine will be available in Vietnam and injected to the people.

The Ministry of Health also continues to negotiate with Pfizer, Moderna and several other vaccine manufacturers for more vaccines.

For domestic vaccines, the Ministry of Health requires units to urgently research, clinical trials and produce vaccines to serve the people soon. The Nanocovax vaccine produced by Nanogen Company has completed phase one clinical trial and will continue with phase 2 right in early February.

The Covivax vaccine from the Nha Trang Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC) was tested for phase one on January 21 and is scheduled to end at the end of February 2021 to continue its second phase in March.

Test dose of Nanocovax 25 mcg for volunteers at Military Medical Academy, on 14/1. Image: Giang Huy

In early January, Deputy Health Minister Truong Quoc Cuong said that the Ministry of Health was negotiating to buy vaccines from four countries, namely the UK (AstraZeneca), the US (Pfizer), Russia (Sputnik V), and China. The parties are required to sign a record of confidentiality, only some of the content is public. “We have reached the closest result with the UK company to ensure 30 million doses of vaccine supply, from the first quarter to the fourth quarter of 2021,” Deputy Minister Cuong said.

With US companies, Vietnam also negotiates a vaccine supply route that lasts from the beginning of the year to the end of 2021. With Russia, Vietnam negotiates to be able to produce Covid-19 vaccine under the copyright and technology of this country. , at a company under the Ministry of Health.

At the Government meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Health and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (Head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 epidemic prevention) to soon submit plans for production and purchase of vaccines. so that quarter I / 2021 has. “The spirit is to spend the State budget and socialize resources,” the Prime Minister said.

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