Vietnam will mobilise all resources at its disposal to purchase COVID-19 vaccines along with technology to produce vaccines domestically.
|Vietnam is looking to enhance its COVID-19 vaccine supplies |
This was announced by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the webinar connecting all cities and provinces across the country to discuss pandemic prevention solutions.
The PM asked relevant authorities to use all means available to them, from diplomatic negotiations to mobilising enterprises, to purchase vaccines. He also asked relevant authorities to study options for the domestic manufacturing of vaccines. At the same time, he assigned the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Defence to look into buying technology for vaccine production.
Besides, it is necessary to enhance telecommunication activities to keep the community updated about the importance of vaccination in controlling and preventing the pandemic.
Previously, the European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) also proposed the Vietnamese government to allow foreign-invested enterprises to purchase vaccines from their own resources for their employees in order to decrease the burden on the stage budget while simultaneously accelerating the national vaccination programme.
According to EuroCham, four out of five enterprises interviewed (around 79 per cent) said that they could afford purchasing vaccines for their employees.
“Members of EuroCham can supply the world’s leading equipment and international specialist knowledge to serve for the national COVID-19 vaccine injection programme,” said Alain Cany, chairman of EuroCham.
At the same time, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry called enterprises, manufacturing facilities across the country to arrange funds to buy COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.