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Vietnam expects its own Covid-19 vaccines late next year

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HCMC – With four producers having made significant progress in developing Covid-19 vaccines, the Ministry of Health expects that locally made vaccines could be available in late 2021 and urged these producers to prepare to mass-produce them.

Dr. Do Tuan Dat, president of the Company for Vaccines and Biological Production No. 1, said the firm has been collaborating with UK’s Bristol University to develop a Covid-19 vaccine since February this year.

They are testing the vaccine on animals with satisfactory results and expect to start the first human trial early next year. Once the vaccine is approved and licensed, they can produce up to 100 million doses per year.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Vaccine and Medical Biologicals in Nha Trang will test its Covid-19 vaccine on humans between October and December this year. If the vaccine proves effective, the institute would invest VND300-500 billion to build a plant capable of producing 70-100 million doses per year.

So far, Vietnam has reported 866 Covid-19 cases, of which 399 made a full recovery and 17 died.

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