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

Sr. Lt. Gen. Tran Don chairs the event

Reports delivered at the event revealed that over the past time defense agencies and military units have taken drastic measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the military. Particularly, together with carrying out regular training missions, the whole military mobilized forces and prepared sufficient facilities for quarantining citizens returning home from pandemic-hit countries. Border guard units sent their personnel to effectively manage border gates and paths while other units promoted information dissemination to warn the public of pandemic threats.

In addition, military medical forces actively and pro-actively applied drastic measures to detect and treat COVID-19 cases and quarantine those who had close contacts with infected cases while fostering cooperation with Cuba and Russia to study  and produce COVID-19 vaccine and medicine. More importantly, the Military Medical University successfully developed a SAR-CoV-2 test kit and conducted the first human trial of the COVID-19 vaccine Nanocovax. Other forces in the military also ensured facilities and resources for COVID-19 prevention and control.

At the conference, delegates also pointed out shortcomings in carrying out the missions, so as to develop suitable measures to contain the pandemic in the coming time.

Addressing the event, General Don praised defense agencies and military units for their achievements in the COVID-19 prevention and control effort. He affirmed that these positive results contributed to the Government’s and Defense Ministry’s efforts in preventing the disease.  

Participants at different hubs

Mentioning the complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Deputy Defense Minister asked agencies and units throughout the military to strictly implement directives of the Prime Minister, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control, the Defense Ministry’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control, and the Health Ministry. He urged the border guard force to prevent illegal migration to prevent SARS-CoV-2 from entering the country.

Together with quarantining citizens returning from pandemic-hit areas, General Don asked military units to raise the testing capacities of hospitals and military medical facilities to detect infected cases, foster international cooperation, and study and develop COVID-19 vaccine and medicine.

General Don requested the General Department of Politics to promote information dissemination and education to raise troops’ awareness of COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures and popularize and honor exemplary people who have been working on the frontline of the fight against the pandemic.

Translated by Tran Hoai