Vietnam Invited to Join Global SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Research: WHO Official

Vaccine Alliance wants to invite Vietnam to join in research and production of vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Vietnam Kidong Park has revealed. The WHO official revealed the information at a meeting with the national steering committee on fighting COVID-19 on June 30. Mr. Kidong Park highlighted that the participation would help Vietnamese residents access SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in the soonest time, possibly end-2021. Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long stated that Vietnam now has two units researching this kind of vaccine and they had tested it on mice with good results. Vietnam’s SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate will then be tested on primates and then humans, Mr. Long said, hoping that the international community would cooperate and share experiences with Vietnam to promote the vaccine production. Foreign experts at the event also proposed that Vietnam should make thoughtful considerations about the resumption of international flights amid the complicated global developments of the COVID-19 and continue improving its testing and propaganda capabilities for this fight. As of July 1, Vietnam recorded 355 COVID-19 patients, 335 of who have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said, noting that the country spent 76 consecutive days without COVID-19 community infection cases. (VietnamBiz, BNews, Nhan Dan, Thanh Tra, langsontv)