At the meeting

At the meeting, participants focused on reviewing outcomes of COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy in the recent past. They also set out measures to quickly access and acquire as many and as early as possible doses of vaccine, treatment drugs and medical supplies for the country.

Speaking at the event, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, head of the working group, said Vietnam has so far received about 23 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX Facility, other nations, and under signed contracts. In August and September, more vaccine will be delivered to Vietnam by partners. In addition to vaccines, many countries, international organizations and overseas Vietnamese have sent medical supplies and equipment to aid Vietnam’s fight against the pandemic.

The minister proposed a series of measures to promote the mobilization of the vaccine, treatment drugs and medical equipment in the time to come.

Members of the working group agreed that it is necessary to streamline related processes and procedures to suit the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh requested the group to make proposals to enhance Vietnam's role and responsibility in the COVAX Facility, and assist domestic businesses in accessing production technologies of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment drugs.

He instructed the group to promptly tackle difficulties and obstacles related to procedures for the reception of medical supplies supplied by partners and to speed up the access to and negotiation for treatment drugs.

Translated by Song Anh