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|The Ministry of Health has warned against fake invitations to register for COVID-19 vaccine shots|
According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), some organisations and individuals claimed to have access to vaccine manufacturers or surplus vaccines. People also received invitations to apply for COVID-19 vaccination through various forms of advertising.
Therefore, the MoH warned people to be wary of invitations to register for vaccination on social networks, messages, leaflets, and other forms of advertising.
The ministry also recommended that localities, organisations, and businesses wishing to import vaccines need to contact and negotiate directly with vaccine manufacturers. In case of intermediaries, the source must be confirmed or authorised by the manufacturer.
Besides, vaccines used in Vietnam must be licensed by the MoH. Each batch of vaccine, when imported to Vietnam, must be licensed for circulation by the Drug Administration of Vietnam and the MoH.
Before use, imported batches of vaccines must be inspected by the National Institute for Control of Vaccines and Biologicals to meet quality standards and issue a factory certificate. All vaccines must be stored in a cold chain system.
At present, the MoH is actively negotiating with manufacturers and international organisations to buy and import large quantities of vaccines to organise vaccination for all citizens. Vaccines will be given free of charge, so the ministry has bidden people to remain calm and wait for inoculation.
Vietnam has urgently approved three COVID-19 vaccines of AstraZeneca (UK), Sputnik V (Russia), and Sinopharm (China). Plus, the government started implementing the COVID-19 vaccination campaign from March 8, with the vaccine of AstraZeneca. To date, a total of 1,389,887, doses were injected, with 47,179 individuals having received two full doses.
The fund’s official website, www.quyvacxincovid19.gov.vn , has also been launched, aiming to facilitate online donations.
The fund is set up to receive, manage, and use voluntary financial and vaccine donations and assistance from domestic and foreign organisations and individuals, along with other legal sources, for the COVID-19 vaccine procurement and import, research and production in the country, and the provision of vaccines for people.
Managed by the Ministry of Finance, the not-for-profit fund will use the mobilised capital resources for right purposes and in line with legal regulations, ensuring publicity, transparency and efficiency. It is subject to the examination, inspection, and auditing by relevant State agencies and to the supervision by the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the community.
Vietnam needs 150 million doses of vaccines to administer about 75 percent of its population this year, with total cost amounting to 25.2 trillion VND (1.09 billion USD)./.
HÀ NỘI — Another 288,000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived in HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport Tuesday night.
This is the second shipment as part of the order of 30 million doses that the Ministry of Health placed with AstraZeneca via the private Việt Nam Vaccine Company (VNVC). The first shipment of 117,600 doses were delivered on February 2.
This has been the fourth batch of AstraZeneca vaccines that Việt Nam has received – in addition to two shipments of 811,200 doses and 1,682,400 doses on April 1 and May 15 out of the 30 million that the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX has committed to provide for Việt Nam by late 2021, early 2022 pending supply constraints.
To date the country has nearly 2.9 million doses of AstraZeneca (plus 1,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine as gift from Russia) for use in its national vaccination drive for a population of nearly 96 million.
According to the Wednesday report from the National Expanded Programme on Immunisation, since the drive started on March 8, 1,034,072 doses have been administered primarily for frontline workers, contact tracers, medical staff, military and police units.
Only 28,503 people have received both doses.
In addition to 60 million vaccine doses of AstraZeneca from commercial orders and COVAX, health minister Nguyễn Thanh Long said it is in talks with COVAX for an additional nine million doses via a cost-sharing mechanism, as well as with Pfizer/BioNTech for some 31 million doses within this year.
This means some 110 million doses will have been secured by the end of 2021, but this still falls short of the 150 million doses needed to inoculate 75 per cent of the population to achieve herd immunity, as per the instructions of the Politburo and the Government.
In a meeting with the press in mid-May, Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam said amid the global shortage, with the goal of achieving herd immunity in the country hanging in the balance, “we would still need to maintain basic prevention and control measures, at least until the end of this year.”
The Politburo has called on mobilisation of all resources from the society to get access to vaccines as soon as possible, so that the pandemic could be controlled and life could return to normal. — VNS
Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee Vu Hai Ha led a delegation to attend the 12th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Caucus ( AIPA Caucus 12 ), which took place virtually on June 16, focusing on measures to strengthen supply chain resilience and promote trade connectivity.
Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament of Singapore – the host country of the event, said that the 12th AIPA Caucus discussed the implementation of resolutions of the 41st AIPA General Assembly, including the Resolution on “the role of parliaments in promoting ASEAN cohesiveness and economic recovery post-COVID-19” , the Resolution on “Advancing AIPA’s role in supporting ASEAN socio-cultural community in responding to COVID-19”, and the Resolution on “the role of women parliamentarians in securing jobs and income for women workers”.
The Vietnamese delegation said amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN should pay more attention to restoring supply chains and promoting trade connectivity in parallel with enhancing close cooperation to prevent the spread of the disease, especially cross-border transmission, accelerating COVID-19 vaccine purchase and vaccination, as well as cooperation in vaccine research and development.
The delegation proposed six specific recommendations to AIPA member parliaments, related to many crucial issues such as completing legal framework to facilitate trade and investment activities, ensuring uninterrupted circulation of goods and supply chains in the region.
Vietnamese participants also underlined the need to strengthen parliamentary supervision over the implementation of commitments on investment and trade within regional and international frameworks, establish new methods in promoting bilateral trade ties, maintain commitments to opening market in order to enhance the resilience and sustainability of regional supply chains, speed up the application of digital technology in production and business activities and goods consumption through e-commerce platforms.
Representatives from AIPA member countries shared experience in controlling the pandemic and promoting economic recovery amidst the health crisis.
They demonstrated willingness to cooperate for economic growth recovery and green economic development, and realise sustainable development goals after the pandemic, for stability and prosperity of the ASEAN Community, and for the sake of regional people.
The AIPA Caucus was officially established at the 28th AIPA General Assembly in 2007 in Malaysia.
Since the first AIPA Caucus in Malaysia in April, 2009, the meeting has been held annually in ASEAN countries (except 2018). The National Assembly of Vietnam has been an active member of AIPA Caucus. The country successfully organized the fifth AIPA Caucus in 2013, which focused on green growth and poverty reduction for sustainable development in ASEAN./.