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Vietnam studies use of different Covid-19 vaccines in two injections

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HCMC – The national steering committee for Covid-19 vaccination has assigned the Ministry of Health with studying if Vietnam should use the same or different kinds of Covid-19 vaccines in two injections.

According to Professor Dang Duc Anh, director of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, many countries in Europe and America have conducted the same study. The result of the study in Spain showed that if people are injected with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine later, their immunity is even better than that of those receiving the same kind of vaccines in two injections.

In the United Kingdom, scientists have weighed using Moderna or Sputnik-V in the second injection and the preliminary result has been satisfactory, Lao Dong newspaper reported.

In addition, many countries, such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, France and Spain, have allowed and even encouraged, the use of another Covid-19 vaccine if the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is used in the first injection.

However, the producer of the AstraZeneca vaccine has still recommended using the same kind of Covid-19 vaccine in two injections but affirmed that the use of two different vaccines is possible.

Deputy Minister of Health Tran Van Thuan said the use of different Covid-19 vaccines might produce better immunity. Therefore, residents should not be choosy and should use the vaccines available as no vaccine is completely safe and effective.

In the coming periods, the Ministry of Health will continue updating the information from vaccine producers and the World Health Organization.

Moreover, vaccinated people must still comply with anti-pandemic measures, Thuan added.

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