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Vietnam eyes launch of homemade COVID vaccine in 2nd half of 2021

Nanogen Pharmaceutical receives go-ahead to start clinical trials of Nanocovax

Vietnam is racing to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine, which could provide it with health security and export opportunities.   © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnamese authorities have told Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology to proceed with clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine, giving a shot in the arm to the Ho Chi Minh City-based company's efforts to roll out a "made in Vietnam" vaccine next year.

The nation of nearly 100 million is prioritizing domestic production of a vaccine as a way to ensure it has enough inoculations for its population. Export opportunities are a secondary motive.

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