The latest update from the Ministry of Health (MoH) showed positive results of Vietnam’s bid against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnam recorded no new local case of COVID-19 on Sunday morning, according to an MoH report.
The national caseload tally stayed at 2,432, with 837 domestic cases reported since January 27, when Vietnam confirmed the first community-based infection after having spent almost two months detecting zero local transmissions.
Meanwhile, patient No. 1,536, the most serious COVID-19 case in Vietnam at the moment, is making good progress, with five test results turning out negative so far, the MoH said.
The patient is a 79-year-old woman who landed in Da Nang from the United States on January 13.
She tested positive for the pathogen on January 13 and was transferred to the Da Nang Lung Hospital for treatment. She has a medical history of diabetes and high blood pressure.
Patient No. 1,536 is considered the most critical infection in Vietnam now, even surpassing the case of patient No. 91, a British pilot who spent 68 days on life support.
The patient is seeing positive recovery following 26 days on an ECMO machine, a type of life support outside the body, and 10 liters of blood plasma injection.
The patient’s situation has prompted seven national-level consultations which involved Vietnam’s leading medical experts.
Four teams consisting of 18 medical workers were mobilized to ensure consistent treatment for the patient and minimize transmission risks.
In related news, the first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 11:00 am on Wednesday.
The shipment of 117,600 shots is part of an order of 204,000 doses approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
“We expect the price of the COVID-19 vaccine to be very favorable for many people to have a chance to get inoculated early during the pandemic,” said Vu Thi Thu Ha, supply chain director of Vietnam Vaccine JSC, the vaccine importer.