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Domestic drugmaker Nanogen seeks emergency approval as early as May

Nano Covax vaccines are administered during a Phase 2 trial in Hanoi on Feb. 26. © Vietnam News Agency
TOMOYA ONISHI, Nikkei staff writerFebruary 28, 2021 14:32 JST

HANOI -- A Vietnamese pharmaceutical company has begun second phase trials on a coronavirus vaccine, an important step toward Hanoi's goal of vaccine independence from China amid rising territorial tensions between the countries.

If the trials are successful, Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology's Nano Covax vaccine is expected to be approved for emergency use as early as May. A quick rollout is crucial for Vietnam, which seeks to keep Beijing from exerting influence through its so-called vaccine diplomacy in Southeast Asia.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed the importance of domestic production at a meeting on Feb. 15, when he pledged government support for a successful rollout of a "made-in-Vietnam" vaccine.


Nanogen, a Ho Chi Minh City-based company founded in 1997, plans to launch Phase 3 trials in May, giving the vaccine to between 10,000 to 30,000 people to test for efficacy and safety.

Collaborating with Vietnam Military Medical University, Nanogen is working on Nano Covax based on protein produced using recombinant DNA technology on animal cells. The team is one of four groups racing to develop homegrown vaccines in Vietnam.

The government is considering quick approval to Nano Covax as an emergency measure, if efficacy is shown in the Phase 2 trials. Inoculations would cover essential workers such as health care staff and airport employees.

If the government goes ahead with the emergency decision, Nano Covax may be rolled out in May, a Nanogen official told Nikkei.

Nanogen began the first phase of the Nano Covax trials in December. Only a small portion of the 60 volunteers showed side effects, such as pain at the injection site and fevers, according to health authorities.

Vietnam's pharmaceutical industry is made up chiefly of generic drugmakers, according to a Japanese government report in March 2020. Wariness remains over the safety of coronavirus vaccines, which have been developed in an unprecedented short amount of time.

Still, Vietnam is focused on homegrown vaccines as it determined to keep its northern neighbor China shut out as the two countries dispute over territory in the South China Sea.

Beijing moved to push its Sinovac Biotech's vaccine in Southeast Asia in January, sending Foreign Minister Wang Yi to visit such countries as Myanmar and the Philippines to use supplies of doses to shore up influence in the region. Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia have begun inoculations using Chinese doses.

A diplomatic source said Vietnam must procure a vaccine from somewhere other than China for national security purposes.

Vietnam has been praised for its handling of the coronavirus early on in the pandemic as it managed to keep its death toll and infections among the lowest in the world. However, its success in slowing the spread has hurt its ability to secure vaccine supply as Hanoi fell behind other countries in negotiations with vaccine developers. So far, it has received just a little more than 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Vietnam is considering using Russia's Sputnik V as well. But global competition is heating up, making it all the more important for Hanoi to mass-produce a domestic vaccine.
 

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Good. Even Australia did that.
It was only withdrawn because it resulted in many trial patients acquiring HiV.
I am sure It will be very effective.
Start the vaccination by doing it in the South esp. to "Viet" cousins, the Khmer Krom.

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Oh, it's nice.
By the way, have you ever heared 'a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind ' ?
 

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China has exported vaccines to 43 nations and donated FREE vaccines to 69 nations.

Even the 2 Princess of Spain flew to UAE to get their China Sinopharm vaccines. :coffee:
 

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Vietnam is not belong to Sinosphere countries like Japan and Korea, to import vacin from China. :omghaha:
 

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China has exported vaccines to 43 nations and donated FREE vaccines to 69 nations.

Even the 2 Princess of Spain flew to UAE to get their China Sinopharm vaccines. :coffee:
The Princess went to visit their brother who fled to Dubai to avoid jail over tax evasion charges.
And how do you know the princess took the Chinese shot?

talk about spin....

 

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The Princess went to visit their brother who fled to Dubai to avoid jail over tax evasion charges.
And how do you know the princess took the Chinese shot?

talk about spin....

:sarcastic: :sarcastic:
That is complete nonsense!

They went on their own free will and is allowed to return.

In this case the King who had taken the shot of SinoPharm vaccines advised the two princess to visit him while he arranged for their vaccine shots in UAE. They will be returning home to Spain if they have not.

This is not surprising as there is a travel agency that similarly arranged vaccines trips for the rich and powerful in UK as well.
The rich are well read and informed unlike most proletariats.
They all chose SinoPharm which has 86% efficacy and is considered safer than the rest.

When you have not even read the real insider story, you have the audacity to rebuke my post based on just one spin version by euronews.

There is an uproar in Spain by public on why the Princesses are allowed to jump the vaccine queue.
They did not. They made a choice of vaccines as Chinese vaccines are not approved by EU. So who is to be blamed?

My advice to you is to stop trolling and promoting your brand of racism in here and read more. :nono:
Democracy is more than just choice, it is also about wisdom which the majority of you lacks.
 

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That is complete nonsense!

They went on their own free will and is allowed to return.

In this case the King who had taken the shot of SinoPharm vaccines advised the two princess to visit him while he arranged for their vaccine shots in UAE. They will be returning home to Spain if they have not.

This is not surprising as there is a travel agency that similarly arranged vaccines trips for the rich and powerful in UK as well.
The rich are well read and informed unlike most proletariats.
They all chose SinoPharm which has 86% efficacy and is considered safer than the rest.

When you have not even read the real insider story, you have the audacity to rebuke my post based on just one spin version by euronews.

There is an uproar in Spain by public on why the Princesses are allowed to jump the vaccine queue.
They did not. They made a choice of vaccines as Chinese vaccines are not approved by EU. So who is to be blamed?

My advice to you is to stop trolling and promoting your brand of racism in here and read more. :nono:
Democracy is more than just choice, it is also about wisdom which the majority of you lacks.
Amazing you seem to have inside information on Spanish royalty , are you a camber maid?
 

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No wonder nobody in the West wanted to be an investigative journalist nowaday.
1. They don't want to work as chamber maids as you imagine.
2. The West News Media are advertising for doctors for journalist, SPIN DOCTORS .
In view of the competition, how you got any other amazing abilities such as lying thru your broken teeth?

Here is one female from Hong Kong with amazing insider informations, I assure you she is no chamber maid and can k.o. all your tall tall tales.
:sarcastic::sarcastic::sarcastic:

 

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