Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has received 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine offered by the Argentine government for the Southeast Asian country’s fight against COVID-19. Argentine Ambassador to Vietnam Luis Pablo Maria Beltramino handed over the donation, worth over US$2 million, to Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan at a ceremony held in Hanoi on Thursday. Thuan expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Argentina, as well as the Argentine Ministry of Health and the Argentine Embassy in Vietnam, for the vaccine aid. “We will use these vaccine doses in the most effective way to improve our people’s immunity, contributing to preventing and driving back the epidemic,” the official said. This is the first time that the Argentine government has donated COVID-19 vaccines to a foreign country, Ambassador Beltramino said. His country will always remember that Vietnam gave Argentina 20,000 face masks for the prevention of COVID-19 last year, the … [Read more...] about Vietnam receives 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Argentina
The health department of the northern province Bac Giang on Sunday confirmed that one among the four students hospitalised due to serious anaphylactic shock reactions to COVID-19 vaccinations has died. Health workers check the body temperature and heart pressure of students as per pre-COVID-19 vaccine injection procedures in the northern province of Bac Giang on November 12. Image for illustration. On Wednesday (November 24), 700 high school students at Sơn Động Boarding High School and Sơn Động High School No.2 received their vaccines. Two with milder reactions were taken care of at Sơn Đông medical station in Bắc Giang, and were discharged on Saturday afternoon, according to Nguyễn Thị Thu Hương, deputy director of the provincial health department. Two other students, both born in 2005, suffered from more serious reactions, including reports of dizziness, breathing difficulties, chest pain and nausea, and were transported to Bạch Mai Hospital in Hà Nội and … [Read more...] about Student dies after receiving COVID-19 vaccine
Pfizer is continuing its research and if it finds the vaccine quality to be stable, it may submit dossiers to appropriate agencies to apply for a shelf-life extension to 12, 18 or even 24 months. Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan At a Government press conference on December 2, 2021, VietNamNet raised a question about the extension of the shelf life of the two Pfizer vaccine batches to nine months. “The Ministry of Health (MOH) explained that on September 30, 2021, the Advisory Council for the Grant of Drug Registration Numbers approved the extension of the shelf life of Pfizer vaccine to nine from the previous six months. However, people cannot understand why MOH announced the expiry date extension some days ago, when the two batches of vaccines were near the expiry date. And when announcing the extension, MOH did not give detailed explanations. Only when newspapers began reporting the public’s complaints about this did the ministry raise its voice explaining the … [Read more...] about Shelf life of Covid-19 vaccine may be extended up to 12-24 months
The news about one more death in Binh Phuoc after a Covid-19 vaccination and the extension of expiry dates for two batches of Pfizer vaccines has caused concern among Hanoi parents. “After considering the pros and cons, I decided that my son needed a vaccination because of the the sharp increase in number of new infections in Hanoi and the appearance of a new coronavirus variant,” Hong Le, a parent in Ba Dinh, told VietNamNet. But she changed her mind when receiving a notice from the son’s teacher and reading an article on November 30 about the extension of expiry dates of two Pfizer vaccine batches. Manh Hung, a neighbor of Le, and his wife made the same decision. “We felt anxious when reading news about the deaths after vaccinations. We need to listen to the news before making a decision,” he said. Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Lan in Dong Da district sighed with relief as she didn’t have to make a choice. Her daughter’s school on December 1 informed parents about the … [Read more...] about Hanoi parents undecided about vaccinations for their children
Allowing students to return to schools was a legitimate desire of both parents and teachers. The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to allow students of the fifth, sixth, ninth, tenth and twelfth grades living in 18 pandemic-free districts labeled "green zones" to return to school from November 8. There is still no specific plan for students in urban areas to resume in-person schooling. To ensure safety for students, classes have been disinfected, antiseptic solutions and electronic thermometers have been made available, and teachers have been trained to handle students showing Covid-19 symptoms. Following pandemic control measures leaves a double burden for teachers as they need to ensure a safe distance among students, a class would be divided into including the morning and afternoon shifts. “I want to go out and meet friends at cafes when the social distancing measures are lifted and I believe that my children also have the same desire. Children have had to stay at … [Read more...] about Hanoi students in suburban districts to come back to schools next week
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has asked local authorities to strengthen surveillance to discover Covid-19 cases and any abnormal signs of clusters as a new coronavirus variant called Omicron has emerged. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on November 25, 2021 reported that the coronavirus variant it has named Omicron (B.1.1.529) was discovered in several African countries, such as South Africa and Botswana. The first patient was a 30-year-old man in South Africa. He had fatigue, body aches with a minor headache, and itching, but no sore throat, cough or loss of taste. According to scientists, the Omicron variant has 32 mutations in spike glycoprotein and is the most mutated of the SARS-CoV-2 viruses. It is predicted to spread faster than Delta. Omicron cases have been discovered on several continents. Though epidemiologists think that it’s too late to impose travel restrictions to prevent Omicron from spreading globally, many countries have banned passengers from the … [Read more...] about What will Vietnam do to cope with the Omicron variant?