Health ministry leaders requested to provide update on COVID-19
15:11 | 18/10/2021
VGP – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested leaders of the Ministry of Health to provide daily and weekly update on the fight against COVID-19 so that authorities at all levels would timely get information and design responses.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long

The move also aims to help people and business community to get up-to-date information on the pandemic situation.

As it is difficult to strive for zero cases, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, led by PM Pham, last month agreed to switch away from “Zero COVID-19” to safe and flexible adaptation to and effective management of the pandemic.

On October 11, the Government issued Resolution No. 128 adopting provisional guidelines on safe adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic, based on which many cities and provinces have eased social distancing measures and gradually moved away from “zero COVID-19” to safe and flexible adaptation to the pandemic.

PM Pham ordered that the Government’s COVID-19 response policy must be carried out in a synchronous manner across the nation and localities are not allowed to issue additional regulations contrary to such policy. In case a locality wants to impose stricter measures, it must ask for permission from the central government.

As of October 17, Viet Nam confirmed 864,053 COVID-19 cases, including 791,844 recoveries and 21,194 fatalities.

The Southeast Asian nation has received more than 92.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility, foreign government aid, and contracts, of which 64.1 million doses have been administered, with 17,849,651 fully vaccinated people./.

By Huong Giang

 

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