On March 5, 2020, the Ministry of Science and Technology held a press conference to announce the results of the project "Research and manufacture of real-time RT-PCR and RT PCR to detect new strain of corona virus (nCoV)” hosted by Military Medical University, in coordination with Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company. The kit uses molecular biology techniques (RT PCR and real-time RT-PCR), manufactured on ISO 13485 standard line, Labo verifies ISO Class 8 standard.

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Overview of the Press Conference

At the press conference, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said that, before the complicated situation of the acute respiratory infection caused by the new strain of corona virus (Covid - 19), on the afternoon of the 6th of Lunar New Year, The Ministry of Science and Technology held an emergency meeting with leading experts and scientists to discuss about research orientations to contribute for the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic. At the meeting, experts and scientists agreed to propose the Ministry of Science and Technology to focus on the research directions on epidemiology, virology, treatment regimen, especially manufacturing biological product (kit) to detect new strain of corona virus (nCoV).
Only a few days after the meeting, Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh signed a Decision approving the 04 unexpected national-level Science and Technology tasks to contribute to disease prevention, including the project topic “Research and manufacture of real-time RT-PCR and RT PCR sets to detect new strain of corona virus (nCoV)” hosted by Military Medical Academy, in collaboration with Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company.
Determining the special importance of early detection of nCoV to serve the prevention of Covid 19 disease, scientists of Military Medical Academy and Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company have endeavored, both day-off and night, to date 2 units have completed the technological process to produce a one-step RT-PCR kit for detecting nCoV. The process of researching and completing the production technology follows a very strict process, the kits are manufactured on a line that meets ISO 13485, the laboratory (Labo) carries out research meeting ISO Class 8 standards. The kit has been tested for sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and repeatability at the standard Labo of Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company and Military Medical Academy. The results show that the criteria are equivalent to the biological kit produced by US CDC and WHO.
These criteria are independently tested at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, in particular, kits are evaluated on patient samples, with 05 common equipment types in health center giving accurate results at all devices and all testing times. The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has confirmed, a set of biological products is recommended to detect nCoV.
At 16:00 on March 3, 2020, the National Council of Science and Technology, founded by the Minister of Science and Technology, held a evaluation meeting on the results of manufacturing one-step RT-PCR kit with 08/08 (100%) members agreeing to approve and unanimously propose the Ministry of Health to license the use of RT-PCR real-time kits, which were issued by Military Medical Academy and Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company coordinating research and production.
On March 4, 2020, the Ministry of Health issued Decision No. 774 / QD-BYT promulgating the list of 02 invitro diagnostic products for corona virus testing (SARS-CoV-2) granted registration by Military Medical Academy and Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company produce to promptly serve the prevention of Covid-19.

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Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac spoke at the press conference

Prof.Dr. Le Bach Quang - Chairman of KC.10 Program, affirmed that, from the timely guidance of the Government and the cooperation with ministries, and related fields, the Ministry of Science and Technology held a meeting with experts, specialized scientists for consultation. This is a "Dien Hong Conference" of scientists identified with 3 big and urgent tasks in the current period: Firstly, to produce biological kits for diagnosis; The second is early epidemiological research; Thirdly, develop scenarios and measures to cope with all situations. “I think that with the advice of scientists, the Ministry of Science and Technology has fulfilled these three major tasks. Thanks to that we have had success today”.
In particular, under the direction of the Ministry of Science and Technology, there has been a close association between the 3 parties (scientists, manufacturers, managers), which is also a major cause for success, Prof.Dr. Le Bach Quang said.
Major-General, Prof.Dr. Do Quyet, Director of the Military Medical Academy, said that experiments to test the criteria of sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, reliability, repeatability were conducted at Labo standard of Viet A Joint Stock Company and Military Medical University. The results show that the kit meets the criteria similar to the biological kit manufactured by US CDC and WHO.
Major-General Quyet added that when the results of the research were submitted to the international virology journal Vigology. The journal sent the research to WHO, which immediately contacted the Military Medical Academy to ask for permission to share the research to other laboratories, Major-General Quyet said.
Mr. Phan Quoc Viet, General Director of Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company, said that the Company has received many orders for this Kit. The production capacity of Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company is about 10,000 sets / day, when it is needed to mobilize, it can increase the capacity to 3 times. As such, production capacity can fully meet domestic demand and export or international support in the context of the Covid 19 outbreak in the world.
This is a very important and significant success when the epidemic is a concern around the world, confirming the level of Vietnamese scientists, as well as the timely participation of both the political system in general and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the above-mentioned research units in particular are confronted with problems posed from life.

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The Director of Military Medical Academy Do Quyet spoke at the Press Conference
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Prof.Dr. Le Bach Quang, Chairman of KC.10 Program, spoke at the Press Conference
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Mr. Phan Quoc Viet, General Director of Viet A Technology Joint Stock Company, spoke at the Press Conference
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Delegates take photos
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 One-step Realtime RT PCR Biological kit (kit)  to detect new strain of corona virus (nCoV) was introduced at the press conference