Hanoi (VNA) – The national COVID-19 vaccine fund has received more than 4.85 trillion VND (211.35 million USD) worth of donations from 291,818 organisations and individuals as of 5pm on June 13, according to the fund’s management board.
Minister of Finance Ho Duc Phoc said that his ministry will publicise the amount of donations the fund receives every hour and every day along with the spending of money from the fund.
The ministry, which is in charge of the vaccine fund, has established a management board for it at the State Treasury and opened bank accounts at the State Treasury and commercial banks to receive support from individuals and organisations inside and outside the country.
Vietnam needs 150 million doses of vaccines to administer about 75 percent of its population this year, with total cost amounting to 25.2 trillion VND./.
Nearly 100 companies in Covid-19-hit Bac Giang reopen
The Saigon Times
|Workers of a company in Van Trung Industrial Park, Bac Giang Province, wear face masks at work. The province has allowed 98 companies to reopen as the Covid-19 situation is being brought under control- PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – Bac Giang Province, the country’s current biggest Covid-19 hotspot, has allowed 98 companies with over 15,760 workers to resume operations, as they meet the requirements for safe production.
Workers at the factories must test negative for Covid-19 before returning to work, and keep a safe physical distance from each other while working or eating.
The number of businesses eligible to reopen in the province has doubled compared to a week ago. Over the past half a month, the province has had 15 businesses eligible to resume operations each day.
It is estimated that the northern province lost over VND2 trillion a day after it shut down four industrial parks to curb the spread of the pandemic in late April.
Many companies in Bac Giang are large suppliers and exporters, so the closure of industrial parks has caused disruptions in the supply chains.
Therefore, the province has to allow companies that meet requirements for Covid-19 infection prevention and control to reopen step by step.
The province is facing a shortage of workers as many of them are still isolated in quarantine centers. Therefore, it has asked districts to help workers who test negative for Covid-19 and complete their quarantine period to return to work at the earliest.
Bac Giang has reported over 4,000 Covid-19 cases in the fourth Covid-19 wave since April 27. The Covid-19 situation in the province is being brought under control and the provincial government is determined to fight off the pandemic in the next 15 days.
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is the fourth coronavirus vaccine approved in Vietnam.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has given a nod to a Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by the US-based firm Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech Inc. for emergency use.
The vaccine, called Comirnaty, is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine authorized to be administered to Vietnamese people.
Vials labeled “Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine”. Photo: Ministry of Health
Vietnam’s health ministry has asked Pfizer Ltd.Co in the country to be responsible for cooperating with vaccine manufacturers to ensure its production, safety and quality.
Pfizer Vietnam will also cooperate with the ministry’s Administration of Science, Technology and Training to evaluate the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness while working with the National Institute for Control of Vaccines and Biologicals to assess the inoculant before the vaccine could be put into use.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Comirnaty vaccine is a messenger RNA (mRNA) based vaccine against Covid-19 disease. The mRNA instructs the cell to produce proteins of the S antigen (a piece of the spike protein unique to the novel coronavirus) to stimulate an immune response.
Efficacy shown in clinical trials in participants with or without evidence of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2 and who received the full series of vaccines (two doses) was approximately 95% based on a median follow-up of two months, WHO said.
Germany’s BioNTech Inc. has recently informed the health ministry that it could provide 31 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam and the detailed supply roadmap will be announced at the shortest time possible.
The mass vaccination in Vietnam began on March 8 for adults above 18. It has so far covered around 1.3 million people using the AstraZeneca inoculant, of whom over 38,000 have been given two shots.
The Vietnamese government has said it is stepping up negotiations with vaccine manufacturers in the US, Russia, and some other countries to ensure a total supply of 150 million doses for 70% of its population this year.
Vietnam has approved three types of Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use: one by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, one by China’s Sinopharm, and the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia.
The health ministry said it is also in discussion to approve other firms including Moderna or Johnson&Johnson for emergency use.
By Kim Loan – Translated by Kim Khanh
The two women, aged 87 and 60, died on Sunday at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, the Ministry of Health announced.
The 87-year-old woman from the northern province of Bac Ninh had hypertension, heart failure, Parkinson’s and had a heart attack in 2017. Due to her old age, she required constant, daily care from her family members, one of whom had Covid-19 and infected her.
On June 4, she tested positive for the coronavirus as well and was treated at the Bac Ninh Province general hospital. Her condition worsened and she was transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on June 7.
She was later diagnosed with pneumonia due to Covid-19. She was put on ventilators, ECMO and other treatments. She responded poorly to treatments.
Her causes of death were pneumonia due to Covid-19 and septic shock.
The 60-year-old woman, from Hanoi, had a Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2019 which was put under control thanks to chemotherapy. But the cancer returned in April, prompting her to undergo chemo again at the K Hospital in the capital.
On May 19, she tested positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases. But her condition worsened and she responded poorly to treatments. Her causes of death were pneumonia caused by Covid-19, septic shock and invasive fungal infection.
With the two new deaths, 26 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Vietnam’s latest coronavirus wave since late April.