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In 2021, will Vietnam have a vaccine against COVID-19 'Made in Vietnam'?
The Department of Science, Technology and Training said that if October of this year, we start the first phase, then by October 2021, Vietnam will have a vaccine against COVID-19 to ensure safety and effectiveness.


According to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Vietnam is one of 42 countries that can produce vaccines. Photo: VGP.
Vietnam is now one of 42 countries that can produce the vaccine

Speaking at the workshop "Deploying research on production, clinical trials, licensing registration and use of COVID-19 vaccine in Vietnam" has just taken place, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Acting Minister of Health, said the number of COVID-19 cases in the world has now surpassed the 15 million people, of which over 600,000 died. This pandemic has not stopped, and no country has successfully prevented it. Therefore, research and production and control of domestic supply of COVID-19 vaccines is very important.

Vietnam is currently well under control of the COVID-19 epidemic, however, social isolation or social separation is only a temporary measure to limit the number of new infections and prevent the development and outbreak of the pandemic COVID-19. While there is much we still need to know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the most effective way to actually combat the disease is the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vietnam already has a vaccine quality management system (NRA) according to the standards of the World Health Organization, so if successful, the domestic COVID-19 vaccine could be exported to contribute to the prevention of pandemics for all countries in the world.

According to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Long, Vietnam is one of 42 countries that can produce vaccines. With diphtheria epidemic in the Central Highlands, a number of provinces in the Central region, Vietnam is completely in control of the production and supply to meet the needs of the localities. Similarly with COVID-19, we also put production issues to ensure vaccine security. Vietnam is also one of 38 countries that have a vaccine management body following World Health Organization standards, opening up opportunities for cooperation and export of vaccines with other countries.

In order to accelerate the process of research and production of the domestic COVID-19 vaccine, Acting Minister of Health said that the Ministry of Health welcomed all units eligible for domestic research and production of this vaccine. In particular, the Ministry will prioritize those units that have the leading results because time is an important issue in the current epidemic prevention. Acting Minister also pledged to facilitate capital for good results units and industrial-scale vaccine production process.

If followed the current vaccine research and production process, this process will take about 3-5 years. However, in an urgent need while a pandemic continues, the process could be shortened to a year. It is expected that if October of this year, we start phase 1, then in October 2021, Vietnam will have vaccine against COVID-19 to ensure safety and effectiveness.

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