Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has had a meeting with scientists and health experts to discuss the 2022 strategy to prevent and fight against COVID-19, with a focus on vaccines, testing, treatment, and increasing the capacity of the national medical response system.
|Scientists and health experts discussed measures against COVID-19 for 2022 |
Vietnam has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for about two years. In the fourth wave of the pandemic, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An were the localities hit the most seriously. While the number of cases and deaths are decreasing nowadays, it remains a major complication both in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, with both cities strongly focusing on vaccination and testing.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that the MoH is working on the plan and strategy for COVID-19 fight in 2022 and the following stages.
“The strategy will cover all measures, from increasing the capacity of the healthcare system, especially grass-root health facilities and preventive health, to professional issues such as testing, treatment, COVID-19 vaccines, and medicines among others,” he clarified. “The MoH wants to get ideas from scientists and experts for this.”
|Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long |
During the meeting, health experts and scientists raised comments about testing, treatment of COVID-19 patients, vaccines, including vaccine approach from outsides, and domestic research and production.
Regarding ideas about more special treatment for healthcare workers, especially frontliners, the minister said that on September 9 the MoH submitted a proposal for new policies on COVID-19 prevention and fight, which included new allowances for them.
Vietnam detected nearly 11,500 new COVID-19 infections, including over 6,100 in Ho Chi Minh City, 3,188 cases in Binh Duong, and 974 cases in Dong Nai.
As of September 11, Vietnam’s vaccination covered 28.2 million doses, including over 23 million people getting their first shot, and over five million getting two shots.