Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam posted another 63 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 11, pushing the national count to 9,980, according to the Ministry of Health. death toll stood at 57. The two latest deaths confirmed on June 11 were females, aged 65 and 59, with serious underlying health conditions, including cancers. new cases . They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hung Yen./.
The Health Ministry issued Decision 2763/QD-BYT on June 3 approving the use of the Chinese-made vaccine against COVID-19 Vero Cell to meet urgent needs in the fight against the pandemic.
The Chinese-made vaccine against COVID-19 Vero Cell.
Việt Nam’s health authorities have just approved China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Vero Cell, for emergency use.
In the decision signed on Thursday by deputy health minister Trương Quốc Cường, the request for approval of the vaccine was made by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hà Nội.
The approval of conditional registration would allow the Chinese vaccine to be used during emergency situations, like the latest outbreak of local infections.
The product will come in boxes of one or three vials, with each vial/syringe containing a dose of 0.5ml.
The decision stated that the approval is based on efficacy and data provided by the institute to the health ministry.
This is the third COVID-19 vaccine to have been approved by health authorities in Việt Nam, following Oxford/AstraZeneca and Sputnik V.
There has not been public information about how many doses or when the Chinese vaccine would arrive in Việt Nam, with the mainstay of the country’s vaccination to drive being AstraZeneca from its order with the manufacturer and from COVAX shipment.
The move came one month after WHO listed Vero Cell vaccine for emergency use earlier in May, the first non-Western vaccine to do so, which enables the vaccine to be used in the supply for the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX and helps poor and developing countries access COVID-19 vaccines, as well as “allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines,” according to a statement.
WHO notes that the product is an inactivated vaccine with easy storage requirements – unlike mRNA-based vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech which require ultra cold-chain fridges that might not be readily available in many developing nations.
WHO recommends the vaccine for people 18 years and older, in a two-dose schedule with a spacing of three to four weeks.
The vaccine’s efficacy for symptomatic and hospitalised disease is estimated to be 79 per cent, across all age groups, according to reviews from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE).
The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has the responsibility to work with the producer to ensure the quality of the vaccines imported into Việt Nam, as well as coordinate with the Department of Science, Technology and Training (Ministry of Health) and other capable agencies to further assess the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.
The institute is also supposed to issue guidance on storage, distribution and use of the vaccine, as well as management of risks of the vaccine during its distribution in Việt Nam.
At the time of WHO’s approval, Sinopharm has made and distributed some 200 million doses of vaccine at home and abroad. — VNS
The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has recently issued a regulation on risk assessment and corresponding administrative measures regarding pandemic prevention and control,
with four levels of risk specified by experts as part of the first (COVID-19) map.
The map features four levels of risk, including normal, risky, high risk, and very high risk, which are shown on the map with corresponding colours. This is being done with the aim of helping each locality to proactively identify risk and take appropriate countermeasures.
Due to the current pandemic situation in the nation, it remains essential to conduct a risk assessment on each level in line with the respective situation of localities. At any level, each locality will have response measures in place that follow their level, with this assessment based on local updates, Dr. Phu said.
Furthermore, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control’s safety assessment department will strive to put together a more accurate assessment on the pandemic situation in each locality, with all data placed on the COVID-19 map being updated at nguyco.antoancovid.vn. The four levels of risk, such as normal, risky, high risk, and very high risk will be marked in blue, yellow, orange, and red, respectively.
“Looking at the map, you are able to know what colour localities belong to and take corresponding measures. For example, localities at a normal level, their local residents need to wear masks, and follow 5K regulations,” Dr. Phu explained.
The COVID-19 map was drawn up based on previously-issued directives by the Government regarding pandemic prevention and control, with more specific regulations being applicable to each locality. The goal of the map is to both prevent the pandemic and ensure economic development moving forward.
With this regulation, various chairs of provincial and municipal People’s Committees are fully responsible for disease prevention and control in their respective localities.
In the event that is necessary to apply very high risk measures in a province or city, the situation will have to be reported to the Prime Minister to direct relevant localities and ministries in order to have timely co-ordination in the anti-pandemic process, Dr. Phu added.
HCMC to establish team to buy Covid-19 vaccines
The Saigon Times
|A person is injected with the Covid-19 vaccine. HCMC will establish a team in charge of buying Covid-19 vaccines – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The HCMC government will set up a team in charge of buying and administering Covid-19 vaccines, said municipal chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong.
At a meeting on June 11 on the city’s socioeconomic performance in the first five months of the year, Phong said the city aimed to vaccinate two thirds of the city’s residents against Covid-19 by the end of this year.
In addition, Covid-19 vaccine supplies are limited, so they will be prioritized for certain people across specific stages, Phong said, adding that the human resources and cold storage facilities for different kinds of Covid-19 vaccines were different.
Deputy Director of the HCMC Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said not just HCMC but many other localities were also seeking Covid-19 vaccine supplies. Over the past 10 days, the department and municipal leaders have worked with many enterprises, including a firm which could negotiate to buy some five million Covid-19 vaccine doses for the city. The vaccine was expected to be shipped to the city next quarter.
The city will propose the Ministry of Health appraise a cold storage facility of a foreign company. Nam said the Covid-19 vaccine storage was a tough job as the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, for example, must be stored at minus 80 to minus 60 degrees Celsius or the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at minus 20 degrees Celsius.
In HCMC, only Vietnam Vaccine JSC’s cold storage facilities can meet the requirements.
Nam added that it was hard to access Covid-19 vaccines as many suppliers did not want to work with enterprises but through the Government.
As for the Covid-19 vaccination, the city has received 130,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses and provided them to some 65,000 people in charge of fighting the pandemic and those working at airports, seaports and coach stations. The city has also proposed the Ministry of Health provide an additional 70,000 doses to the city.
At a recent meeting of the municipal steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen said the city was striving to access the most possible Covid-19 vaccine sources at the earliest to vaccinate all local residents. The city has prepared sufficient funds to buy Covid-19 vaccines for all residents
Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine which is produced in the city has undergone the third phase of its trial, Nen noted, adding that if successful, locally-made Covid-19 vaccines will be available next quarter.
Under the regulations, only companies specializing in importing and trading in vaccines are allowed to import Covid-19 vaccines. Others wanting to access Covid-19 vaccines must work with the Ministry of Health or one of the 36 companies allowed to import Covid-19 vaccines.
|Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam – Sting brand sponsors VND5 billion for COVID-19 Vaccine|
To spread the message that Vietnam will surmount the pandemic challenges, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam and the Sting brand are contributing to accelerating the pace of vaccination in favour of local people and spreading the spirit of humanity and positive energy to everyone.
The programme “Sting – We Will Win” features the following activities:
First, the Sting brand gives cash sponsorship worth VND5 billion ($217,390) to the COVID-19 Vaccine Fund.
Second, the Sting brand will launch a limited-edition package of ” We Will Win ” from June 22 nationwide. Inspired by the “V” in Vietnam, Vaccine, and Victory, Sting hopes that the limited-edition design will spread the positive energy to everyone and enhance the trust that Vietnam will overcome the pandemic.
|Sting will launch the limited-edition package design “We Will Win”|
Third, Sting brand envisages launching a series of activities within the framework of the programme on Facebook to encourage the spirit of fighting the pandemic in Vietnam, slated from June 19.
The highlight activities are the music video “We Will Win” and the creative photo contest “Trust to Win” inspired by the limited-edition can design. These activities hopefully not only help to spread the positive spirit but also enhance the confidence in the community that Vietnam will overcome the pandemic.
|These activities hopefully not only help to spread the positive spirit but also enhance the confidence in the community that Vietnam will overcome the pandemic!|
After previous successes over the COVID-19 epidemic, worries about a new wave of COVID-19 and new mutation are still present in people’s minds and the desire to return to normal life is greater than ever.
Understanding that vaccination is one of the long-term and appropriate solutions to end the pandemic, Sting and Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam’s brands wish to share the burden and support the community in the faster roll-out of vaccination for Vietnamese people.
Through the move, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam and the Sting brand are joining hands to contribute to bringing positive energy during the pandemic, a good future for the community, and making the wishes of all people come true.
By Anh Duc
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and head of the State Emergency Commission of Mongolia S. Amarsaikhan has thanked the Vietnamese community in the country for their support to Mongolians in the COVID-19 fight.
In the thank-you letter, the Deputy PM affirmed that the gifts from the Vietnamese community have served as a great source of encouragement for forces who are working on the frontline of the pandemic combat in Mongolia , according to the Vietnamese Embassy in the country.
Earlier, the Vietnamese community raised a fund of over 10 million MNT (about 3,500 USD) to help Mongolia fight the pandemic that is developing complicatedly in the country.
The aid has made local headlines and applauded by Mongolian people./.