By staff writers – Translated by Thao Nhien
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The strategy envisages building three AI innovation centers in the country, one of them in HCM City, which has a large number of universities, research institutes and organizations, and a high volume of trade.
The deployment of vaccine passport will not be simple and must be carefully done step by step, said Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong at a cabinet press conference on March 31.
Cuong said this issue is being studied and discussed in many countries. The Ministry of Health is coordinating with other agencies to study and will report to the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control and to the Government about measures to ensure safety and prevention of epidemics for people, while enabling the opening of the economy by resuming international flights and travel.
Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong. Photo: Tran Thuong
“The ministry is working on a plan, first of all, an appropriate quarantine plan for people entering Vietnam who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19,” Cuong said.
“The Ministry of Health is also preparing scenarios and plans for the use of vaccine passports for the future. These are the options we are discussing very carefully because there must be a balance between benefits and risks,” he added.
“The benefit is opening up the door for economic growth but the risk is that our people can be infected with disease. This is not an easy task and it must be done step by step,” the health official stressed.
During the regular government meeting on March 31, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the health, tourism and diplomacy sectors to study and issue a mechanism for vaccine passports in order to promote trade and investment. The health sector was told to submit a plan for this matter as soon as possible.
According to information at the meeting of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention on March 19, the “vaccine passport” allows residents to keep track of their own or other members’ immunization history, with vaccination certification and QR-Code to verify their vaccination.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that from the perspective of the health sector’s approach, the “vaccine passport” is essentially a certificate showing that a person is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with two doses of vaccine. With this certificate or “passport”, the passport holders are free from quarantine or a Covid-19 test.
Vietnam is working with countries on the acceptance of the “vaccine passport” through the use of a QR-code. This approach is based on two basic data: health insurance card number or identity card/citizenship card. Upon arrival, people only need to provide personal information to be checked on the system.
PM approves additional $53.63 million for COVID-19 vaccine purchase
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a decision on the allocation of more expense to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and conduct inoculations.
Under the decision, the PM decided to allocate 1,237 billion VND (around 53.63 million USD) from the central budget’s standby fund in 2021 to supplement the Ministry of Health’s state budget spending estimate to buy COVID-19 vaccines and carry out vaccinations.
PM Phuc assigned the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health to hold responsible for the accuracy of reported contents and data.
The Ministry of Health was asked to purchase COVID-19 vaccines in line with regulations and in a timely, effective, economical, open and transparent manner.
The government leader also requested the Ministry of Health to build and submit to competent agencies for approval an overall plan on COVID-19 prevention and control in 2021, including the detailed plan on the purchase and use of 150 million doses of vaccines./. VNA
Huong Quynh-Thu Hang
HCM CITY – Deputy minister of Science and Technology Bùi Thế Duy discussed implementation of the national strategy on research, development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) from now to 2030 with HCM City leaders on Friday.
His ministry drafted the strategy with a focus on transport, logistics, tourism, e-commerce, telecommunications, education, urban management, social management, and public administration, he said.
The strategy envisages building three AI innovation centres in the country, one of them in HCM City, which has a large number of universities, research institutes and organisations, and a high volume of trade.
To tap this potential, the city targets creating an AI eco-system with close links between researchers and businesses and incentives for them.
It says one of the most important tasks is developing human resources by improving higher education, building 4.0 technology training institutes and encouraging the use of technology and renovation at businesses and by investment in research.
Experts said the city should catch up with global AI trends by investing in training and building an open-source database.
It should establish AI departments at universities and develop new courses, they said.
It should encourage businesses to embrace AI to enhance their competitiveness, and solicit investment in and promote AI products made locally, they added.
Vũ Hải Quân, director of the Việt Nam National University of HCM City, said the city should develop an AI research and training teams, build digital infrastructure, offer incentives to encourage enterprises to use AI, and improve human resources in AI.
Linkages between the government, businesses, scientists, and investors should also be promoted, he said.
The city should focus on developing start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the field, he added.
Deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, Dương Anh Đức, said the city would prioritise investment in human resources and work with the Ministry of Science and Technology in the field of AI.
Its departments and agencies are prepared and determined to support the AI development programme, he said.
The city Department of Information and Communications has sought the People’s Committee’s green light for a programme on research and development in AI applications in 2020-30, which seeks to make AI a core technology in building a creative and smart city for rapid and sustainable economic development.
The programme also aims to make AI a key technology in digital transformation.
The city plans to mobilise investment to develop AI businesses, brands, products, and applications. – VNS
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung|
The Prime Minister has signed a decision to appoint Mr Pham Binh Minh, Dao Viet Trung and Nguyen Van Tho as Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, Mr Tran The Ngoc will take over the position of Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, and Mr Le manh Hung will be appointed Deputy Minister of Transport.
The Prime Minister has signed retirement decisions for two Deputy Ministers of Training and Education, namely Mr Nguyen Van Vong and Mrs Dang Huynh Mai. Another official to retire is Mrs Chau Hue Cam, Deputy Minister of Trade.
In early August this year, the Prime Minister also appointed over 20 Deputy Ministers, including 7 Deputy Ministers of Trade, 6 Deputy Ministers of Information and Media and 4 Deputy Ministers of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Translated by Vu Hung
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung held talks with Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen on March 19 following the request of the German side.
He said the coordination contributed to important results in the ASEAN-EU partnership in general and ASEAN-Germany partnership in particular, including the enhancement of ASEAN-EU ties to a strategic partnership.
Concerning the situation in Myanmar, the German Minister of State said Germany pays close attention to and is concerned about the instability and escalating violence in the country.
Germany backs ASEAN’s efforts in this regard and expects the bloc to continue playing its role in helping with dialogue and the search for a solution.