Overseas Vietnamese experts share COVID-19 vaccine research with homeland

Sunday, 22/08/2021 15:37
Overseas Vietnamese experts shared their views on COVID-19 vaccine research, trial and licence in Vietnam at a seminar held recently.

Photo for illustration (Source: hanoicdc.gov.vn)

Do Minh Sy, R&D Director of the vaccine producer - Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, briefed the participants on the research and development of NanoCovax vaccine, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Trial results have proven the safety of the vaccine, he said, adding that most of the volunteers displayed minor vaccine reactions or even no side effects.

The participants said vaccination is the quickest and safest way to reach herd immunity, and suggested relevant units focus on the trial and assessment of NanoCovax with the engagement of experts.

They also looked into COVID-19 vaccine mixing and booster shot drives launched by a number of countries given the spread of the Delta variant.

In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu, head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, said the opinions will be collected and reported to the Government working group on COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy, and forwarded to specialised agencies for reference.

The official expressed his hope that with the leadership of the Party and the Government, and contributions of experts at home and abroad, Vietnam will successfully produce COVID-19 vaccines and effectively roll out its vaccination drive./.

10 photos of Vietnamese photographer honoured on Instagram

A collection of 10 photos depicting Vietnamese culture taken by local photographer Tran Tuan Viet have been posted by @earthpix, Instagram’s largest travel account with over 20 million followers, reported the Voice of Vietnam (VOV).


One of the 10 photos (Source: VOV)

“Have you visited Vietnam? Or is it on your bucket list? Unfortunately Vietnam is not open for tourists yet. Hopefully they will open soon,” says the post by travel account @earthpix.

The photos snapped by Tuan Viet on his tours around Vietnamese cities and provinces include shots from Hanoi, Hue, Dong Thap, An Giang, and Bac Lieu, all of which have received plenty of praise from the wider international community.

Tuan Viet, 38, is notable for winning a number of prizes, such as the 15th Smithsonian magazine annual photo contest in 2018, along with the world’s best photos of #Fun2020 of Agora Images last year.

Information retrieval system on COVID-19 patients in HCMC upgraded

The national technology centre for COVID-19 prevention and control, in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Departments of Health, and Information and Communications, has upgraded the information retrieval system on COVID-19 patients serving demand from their families.


Doctors are treating for a COVID-19 patient in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: CPV)

The system is connected to the management systems of hospitals and sends text messages to the patients’ families when their condition changes, reported by the Vietnam News Agency.

Previously, the municipal Health Department set up a system to search for information on COVID-19 patients at https://tracuuf0.medinet.org.vn.

After providing the necessary information about a patient on the site, his or her relative will receive an SMS updating the patient's condition changes or relocation to other places via a phone number registered when the patient is admitted to the hospital.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest COVID-19 hotspot, has so far recorded over 170,000 infections.

Compiled by BTA