The Asian Scientist 100
Le Thi Quynh Mai
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
Mai leads a team of women who were awarded the 2019 Vietnamese Kovalevskaia Award for their successful isolation of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2, making Vietnam one of the first four countries to successfully isolate the virus in 2020. Her team has spent the last two decades fighting deadly diseases, most notably SARS, A/H5N1 bird flu and H1N1.
(Photo: Sức Khỏe & Dời Sống)
- Kovalevskaia Award 2019
How Vietnam Beat COVID
The small, densely-packed, developing country of Vietnam is proving to poor and rich countries alike that it doesn’t take a revolutionary approach to contain a pandemic-causing virus.