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Prime Minister: Anti-competitive when buying vaccines

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh requested anti-competition between the private and the state; anti-negative, group interests in the procurement of biological products and vaccines.

On the afternoon of June 21, chairing an online conference on the prevention of Covid-19, the Prime Minister noted that industries should step up the purchase of vaccines as quickly and as possible, agree on one, and coordinate well for licensing, management and quality assurance.

The reception of technology transfer for vaccine production needs to be “faster and more powerful”, putting products into widespread testing; develop vaccination campaigns in all provinces, cities, ministries and branches. Units need to communicate equally to vaccine sources so that people do not compare and wait.

The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic continues to be complicated and unpredictable, and can break out anywhere, at any time. “Therefore, we must not be subjective, let our guard down and need to learn from experience in epidemic prevention and control to adjust our approach and approach to the new situation,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Image: Nhat Bac

The Government praised the Ministry of Health, Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Ha Nam, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, and Ho Chi Minh City for their efforts in fighting the epidemic, so the situation is “in a good direction”.

Recalling the view that “fighting the epidemic is like fighting the enemy”, the Prime Minister asked localities to promote the spirit of self-reliance, self-reliance and self-responsibility; ready to respond on the spot, not expecting or relying on the Central Government; do not expect the help of the agency or province you.

Vietnam continues to implement the “5K + vaccine” formula, perfecting the application of technology in anti-epidemic; active prevention, early detection, quick isolation, effective treatment, early stabilization of the situation; encirclement, blockade narrow area, wide distance. The Prime Minister noted not to be too mechanical about administrative units, but based on the epidemic situation to blockade, isolate and flexibly distance. Rapid and early testing is considered the key to successful epidemic suppression.

Regarding difficulties in anti-epidemic, the Prime Minister asked the units to remove with the spirit of “three nos”: Not saying there is no mechanism, policy, legal corridor; must not say they do not have funds (despite difficulties, call for support, but must spend resources to fight the epidemic); do not say no biological equipment. Ministries and sectors shall develop regulations on purchasing vaccines and fighting epidemics in industrial parks, medical facilities, isolation areas, and standards for pilot isolation at home; socialization testing…

Localities need to minimize administrative procedures in anti-epidemic; have the most effective policies to support workers and businesses affected by Covid-19. The high school graduation exam in 2021 must be well organized, safe and legal, but minimize trouble for parents and students.

Earlier at the meeting at the end of May 2021, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said that this unit was assigned to be the focal point to import vaccines, but the ministry did not “monopoly” but encouraged localities and businesses to have access to participating vaccines. If localities and businesses submit dossiers, the Ministry will process them immediately, if valid, up to 5 working days to issue permits. All batches of vaccines, regardless of which unit is imported, have records of origin and quality certification, are administered by the Ministry of Health to direct the health system to organize injections.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam requested that all vaccines that have been licensed by the World Health Organization, even though manufacturers have not applied for a license or issued a registration number in Vietnam, can still be imported. For vaccines that have not been licensed by WHO but have been licensed for use by other countries, when any unit can access them, the Ministry of Health will also issue a license immediately.

Vietnam aims to achieve herd immunity by the end of 2021 and early 2022, meaning that at least 70% of the population (70 million people) will be vaccinated. This vaccination deployment plan comes when Vietnam has successfully negotiated and will have more than 120 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in 2021, from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, from Russia and the Covax Mechanism.

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