Vaccine female researcher honoured with Labour Hero title

Wednesday, 2021-01-20 11:34:54
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Prof., Dr. Huynh Thi Phuong Lien (L) receives the “Labour Hero in Renewal Period” title from Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh. (Photo: moh.gov.vn)
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NDO – Vaccine researcher Prof., Dr. Huynh Thi Phuong Lien has been presented with the title “Labour Hero in Renewal Period” in recognition of her great contributions to the health sector in the 2009-2019 period.

On behalf of the Party and State, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh granted the title to Lien, who is a senior specialist from the Company for Vaccine and Biological Production No.1 (Vabiotech) under the Ministry of Health, at a ceremony held in Hanoi on January 19.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the title is in recognition of her ceaseless contributions, creativeness and dare-to-do sprit in scientific research and vaccine production, contributing to epidemic prevention and health protection for the people and the community.

Lien and her colleagues from Vabiotech successfully produced vaccines in prevention of cholera, typhoid, smallpox, and Japanese encephalitis, in addition to the implementation of 12 State-level scientific research projects and publication of 112 others in prestigious scientific journals.

In particular, the Japanese encephalitis vaccine generation 1 has been successfully produced and put into the National Expanded Immunisation Programme since 1997, contributing to reducing the cases of Japanese encephalopathy, reducing mortality and neurological sequelae, and reducing the burden of disease for the people and society. This is also the first made-in-Vietnam vaccine exported abroad.

The 80-year-old scientist devoted her 53 years from 1966 to 2019 to scientific research, making great contributions to promoting Vietnam’s vaccine production industry and the preventive medicine sector.