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Vietnam to buy Russian COVID-19 vaccine

By Phuong Nguyen

 

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A handout photo provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) shows samples of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, in Moscow, Russia August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)/Handout via REUTERS

 

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has registered to buy a Russian COVID-19 vaccine, state television reported on Friday, as it fights a new outbreak after going several months with no local cases.

 

Russia said on Wednesday that it would roll out the world's first COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks, rejecting the concerns of experts who said it should not have been approved before completing large-scale trials.

 

"In the meantime, Vietnam will still continue developing the country's own COVID-19 vaccine," state broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) said, citing the Ministry of Health.

 

Vietnam has signed up for 50-150 million doses of the vaccine, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported. Some will be a "donation" from Russia, Tuoi Tre said, with Vietnam paying for the rest.

 

The ministry did not say when it expected to receive the vaccine, or how much it would cost. Last month, the ministry said Vietnam would have a home-grown vaccine available by the end of 2021.

 

Vietnam was lauded for suppressing an earlier outbreak contagion through aggressive testing, contact-tracing and quarantining, but it is now racing to control infections in multiple locations linked to the popular tourist city of Danang, where a new outbreak was detected on July 25.

 

Vietnam has reported a total of 911 infections, with 21 deaths. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said the risk of wider contagion is very high, and that the next few days are critical.

 

The head of Vietnam's coronavirus taskforce, Vu Duc Dam, said on Friday that Vietnam now had no choice but to "live safely with the virus".

 

"We are implementing the anti-virus measures of a poor country, so everyone has to stay alert and know how to protect themselves from the virus," Dam said, according to state media.

 

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Who needs any testing your safe as houses with our vaccine just don't touch any door handles 🤔

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7 hours ago, Thunder26 said:

All jokes aside. Russians are serious people

That's why they never smile.

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12 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Vietnam has registered to buy a Russian COVID-19 vaccine

I doubt they would ever buy something from the US after so many of them entered the country without a visa in the 60's and early 70's.

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2 hours ago, spiekerjozef said:

I doubt they would ever buy something from the US after so many of them entered the country without a visa in the 60's and early 70's.

You'd be wrong. US Vietnam relations are strong. 

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6 hours ago, spiekerjozef said:

Besides the beard, she looks healthy...

Yeah, but she’s just not my type...

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8 hours ago, spiekerjozef said:

Vietnam has registered to buy a Russian COVID-19 vaccine

      Hence the term "RUSSIAN ROULLETT"

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There are articles in the Vietnamese media reporting today that this Russian vaccine still needs to be tested for safety.

 

Many Vietnamese would prefer an American or European vaccine because they know it will have been fully tested.

 

However, in a poor country like Vietnam many people will not be given a choice and will follow their governments' instructions.

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