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Hung Viet Nguyen, WHO expert investigating the origin of Sars-Cov-2

A talent in the spotlight


The World Health Organisation (WHO) sent ten experts to China at the beginning of the year to investigate the origins of this coronavirus.
Among these ten scientists is Hung Viet Nguyen, a Vietnamese master’s student, then a doctoral student in the laboratory that will become the UMR Chrono-environment in the early 2000s. He is currently coordinator of the human and animal health programme of the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi (Kenya).

From Besançon lecture halls to an international career

Hung completed the Environment-Health-Society Master’s degree, a multidisciplinary course that aimed to train border crossers in the field. He then did a thesis, defended in 2005, entitled "Potential use of theca amoeba and other moss microorganisms for bioindication of air pollution (NO2, heavy metals): in situ studies under controlled conditions in France and Vietnam". His exceptional determination to succeed and his unanimously appreciated human qualities enabled him to overcome the enormous material difficulties often encountered by many foreign students. He then pursued a brilliant career as an ecoepidemiologist in the field of Ecohealth, in Switzerland, Africa and Vietnam.

Hung Viet Nguyen, a world-renowned researcher

In January 2021, he was chosen by the WHO to investigate the origin of the pandemic with nine other scientists from Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Germany, the US, Qatar and Japan who are recognised in their different fields of expertise.
Having returned from the expedition, the team, which has accumulated knowledge about what happened in China, is due to publish a report in the next few days that will propose more targeted research.

Read the story of their experience:

- on the website of the International Livestock Research Institute:
ILRI scientist, Hung Nguyen-Viet discusses his experiences with the WHO team investigating COVID-19 origins

- Last update : 2 June 2021
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