Technology to make a Covid-19 test kit developed by the Vietnam Military Medical University will be transferred to Cuba, according to the defense ministry.
Boxes of Vietnam's Covid-19 test kits, developed by the Vietnam Military Medical University and the Viet A Technologies joint Stock Company.
Deputy Minister of Defense Tran Don said on Thursday Cuba would in turn provide technology to produce antiviral drug interferon alfa-2b to Vietnam’s Army Medical Department in cooperation with the military university.
Speaking at a meeting with his ministry’s Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19, he said a group of Cuban experts would come to assist Vietnam in fighting the pandemic.
"The General Logistics Department needs to instruct the university to complete procedures to export the test kits to Cuba."
The military’s medical units would continue to cooperate with Russia and the EU to study the disease and its treatment regime, vaccines and drugs, and help neighboring countries like Laos and Cambodia combat the disease, he added.
Last month the test kits developed by the military medical university collaboration with Viet A Technologies joint Stock Company were recognized by the Emergency Use Listing (EUL) procedure of the World Health Organization.
The EUL procedure was established to expedite availability of diagnostics needed during public health emergencies, and it helps procurement agencies and countries navigate the large presence of different devices on the market and access quality products.
The test kits, which utilize molecular biological technologies, have been mass-produced in Vietnam since March. They have been approved for sale in Europe.
Vietnam has had 288 Covid-19 cases, with the latest patients, diagnosed on Thursday evening, being 17 Vietnamese arriving from the UAE. There has been no community transmission in the last 22 days.
The number of active cases is 55.
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a one-day regular Cabinet meeting for July on August 3, which focused on seeking measures to fulfil socio-economic goals amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
The Yen Bai People’s Committee has issued Announcement No 94/TB-UBND to inform relevant departments, sectors, organisations, and localities in the province on the organisation of the 10th Yen Bai Patriotic Emulation Congress.
Located in northern part Yen Bai province, Van Yen district spans 139,000 hectares, of which 75 percent are arable land. The Van Yen cinnamon growing area dates backs years ago and is part of local Dao people’s life.