The first human trial of COVID-19 vaccine Nanocovax begins in Vietnam on December 17
with the first three volunteers, receiving injections at the Military Medical Academy.

She said that the Military Medical University gave 75mcg of Nanocovax, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Vietnam, to three volunteers on January 12. This is the highest dose of the vaccine given to volunteers during the first stage of human trials, reported VNA.

Nanocovax is developed by the Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, basing on recombinant protein technology. Currently, there has been no evidence that new COVID-19 variants can resist this technology.

Three volunteers getting the first shot of the 25mcg dose of Nanocovax, the first Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine to be tested on humans, last December received the second on January 14.

The three, comprising one male and two females aged between 20 and 25, are among the first 20 volunteers given the vaccine on December 17, 2020.

Prof. Do Quyet, Director of the Hanoi-based Vietnam Military Medical University, said the second shot comes 28 days after the first one.

As volunteers haven’t shown abnormal symptoms after getting the first injection, the 25mcg, 50mcg, and 75mcg doses of Nanocovax have been tested on remaining groups of volunteers safely.

So far, all volunteers have been in stable health condition. Some felt pain at the injection site or mild fever, but the symptoms disappeared after 24 hours, Quyet noted.

327 projects in Phu Quoc island

Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s first island city, has attracted 372 projects to date with capital totalling some 16.5 billion USD, reported VNA.

Phu Quoc island city draws 16.5 billion USD in investment - Illustrative image (Photo: Bnews.vn)

Tourism, service, and urban areas are the most attractive sectors, according to the city’s authorities, adding that investments in these fields helped Phu Quoc become a second-tier city.

Major economic corporations such as Vingroup, Sungroup, BIMgroup, CEOgroup, MIKgroup, and Milltol have made significant contributions to the island’s economic growth over recent years.

Local trade-service production expanded by an average of over 19 percent each year during the last five years, doubling the rate in its home province of Kien Giang in the Mekong Delta. State budget collections rose an average of 19 percent annually and accounted for more than 40 percent of the province’s total collections.

Tourism has become a spearhead economic sector. Dozens of large-scale tourism projects have been carried out, with an array of high-end resorts serving both domestic and international visitors. The Bai Truong tourism complex is being formed, giving the Phu Quoc urban area a facelift.

5G launched at first industrial in Vietnam

The Yen Phong 1 Industrial Park in northern Bac Ninh province has become the first park in Vietnam to gain access to the 5G telecom network, with the new technology launched onsite by Viettel on January 14.

The launching ceremony (Source: bacninhtv.vn)

At the launch, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam said the trial of the 5G network in Yen Phong 1 is part of efforts to implement Politburo Resolution No 52-NQ/TW, issued in September 2019, on certain policies for proactive engagement in the fourth Industry Revolution, thereby helping to develop modern digital infrastructure meeting businesses’ digital transformation needs.

 The application of 5G is also useful for attracting new-generation FDI and projects that use high and green technology, he emphasised.

Tam asked Viettel, in addition to building 5G infrastructure, to coordinate with local enterprises to carry out digital transformation solutions and begin applying 5G technology in their operations.

He also told Bac Ninh authorities to create the conditions necessary for Viettel to develop 5G infrastructure at local industrial parks and promote digital transformation, helping turn the province into the capital of innovation in the northern region./.

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