The event was chaired by Senior Lieutenant General Tran Don, Deputy Defense Minister and Head of the Steering Board for COVID-19 Prevention and Control under the Ministry of National Defense.

Senior Lieutenant General Tran Don speaks at the event.

At the meeting, Lieutenant General Phung Si Tan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, briefed the delegates on the development of the pandemic in Vietnam and its impacts on the implementation of military and defense missions over the past time. Accordingly, Vietnam has totally 270 confirmed cases, 225 recoveries and no deaths. The military has not recorded any infected cases.

Accordingly, since the pandemic broke out, military agencies and units have been a vanguard force in preventing and controlling the pandemic. They closely followed the development of the pandemic and made timely recommendations for higher levels to issue measures to effectively prevent the disease from spreading. In addition, the whole military has effectively implemented external defense activities, strictly maintained combat readiness and training missions, and firmly safeguarded national sovereignty over seas, islands, and border areas.

The report also pointed out the impacts of COVID-19 on the implementation of military and defense missions. Due to the complicated development of the disease, military units have had to adjust their plans, so as to both effectively prevent and control the virus and fulfill all training and combat readiness missions.

In addition, the implementation of the Party and political work has also been affected by the pandemic. Units added more new contents to their information dissemination plans and postponed the preparations for the Party Congress at all levels. 

Other services, including logistics, military medicine and finance also faced difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, units have allocated their resources to COVID-19 prevention and control while ensuring living conditions for troops and quarantined people.

Meanwhile, production activities of some military businesses have been suspended due to the shortages of materials, machines, and human forces. As a result, their revenue and profits are estimated to decrease by 10% to 15%.

Delegates take part in the conference.

General Tan said that the COVID-19 epidemic is anticipated to develop complicatedly in the coming time and cause heavy impacts on people’s health and national socio-economic development.

Speaking at the conference, General Don emphasized impressive achievements of military units in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and carrying out combat readiness and training missions. Their efforts in containing the virus have been praised by the Party, State and people.

Deputy Defense Minister said that while military units are concentrating on disease prevention and control hostile forces are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic time by accelerating sabotage activities. He urged all military units to thoroughly embrace the directives of the Politburo and the Secretariat, the call of the General Secretary and State President, instructions of the Prime Minister, the Central Military Commission, and the Ministry of National Defense on COVID-19 prevention and control.

Regarding missions in the coming time, General Don said that units should assess the impacts of COVID-19 on military and defense activities and develop their plans to both prevent the virus in the new stage and fulfill all training and combat readiness missions. He asked strategic agencies, military regions, army corps, services, military schools, and research institutes to give accurate assessments and make effective recommendations for the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense to deal with non-traditional threats and promote the strength of the military.

Translated by Tran Hoai