Four trade associations have sought the government's approval to buy COVID-19 vaccines from a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide free injections to their employees.
|The four trade associations would pay for the vaccination of their employees from their own pockets |
The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association, Vietnam Electronic Industries Association, and Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City have recently submitted a document to the prime minister as well as the ministries of Health and Industry and Trade about the matter.
Accordingly, the associations have been actively discussing vaccine sourcing with UAE's Royal Strategic Partners. In mid-July 2021, the Vietnamese embassy in the UAE has held a meeting with the company to assess its ability to supply vaccines.
The four associations proposed that the government and the Ministry of Health preside over negotiations with Royal Strategic Partners or assign a Vietnamese importer that is eligible to carry out import procedures. This will faciliate associations to vaccinate workers at factories as soon as possible. Their business members will pay all costs for vaccination.
In addition, the associations also want the government to create the necessary conditions for their workers to be vaccinated at the beginning of August. Vaccines will be given to workers at factories and industrial parks to ensure production and fight the pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 90 per cent of their business members have to halt production, disrupting the global supply of brands and eroding trust of foreign buyers.
The four industries generate 8 million direct jobs and 12.5 million indirect jobs for workers with a total export turnover of $150 billion annually.