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The Ministry of Health has proposed considering COVID-19 a Group A infectious disease, not an endemic disease in its latest draft on COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the new situation.

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 enters Vietnam

The SARS-CoV-2 Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 has entered Vietnam and may overwhelm the old sub-lineage BA.2 which is dominant in the country, according to Prof. Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director of the Health Ministry’s Department of Preventive Medicine.

Health ministry issues latest guidance on COVID-19 vaccination

The Ministry of Health has issued its latest guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations, which asks all agencies to continue administering booster doses for those 18 and above, and complete second doses for those aged 5-12 within August.

Covid booster shot refusers in HCMC must take responsibility: authority

People in HCMC are required to sign a pledge for declining to get Covid vaccine booster shots and must bear responsibility if they spread the disease, said the HCMC government.

National Assembly sets up team to inspect wrongdoings in COVID-19 fight

The National Assembly on Tuesday voted on a resolution to formulate a team responsible for inspecting mobilization, management and use of resources for COVID-19 fight in the 2020-2022 period.

Health Ministry proposes changing Covid prevention protocol

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has proposed the Government introduce an all-new V2K message for COVID-19 prevention and control to replace the 5K guidance, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Lien Huong has announced.

Ministry proposes to lift Covid-19 travel insurance for int’l arrivals

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed to lift health insurance or travel insurance with coverage of at least US$10,000 for Covid-19 treatment for foreign arrivals entering Vietnam.

Vietnam jumps up COVID-19 recovery index: Nikkei Asia

Vietnam and the Philippines showed their best performances in the COVID-19 Recovery Index for May announced by Nikkei Asia on June 3 as both managed to ease restrictions while keeping infections low.

HCM City to offer fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses next week

Ho Chi Minh City is expected to start offering fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents next week, according to Nguyen Hoai Nam, deputy director of the Municipal Department of Health.

Amid a faltering recovery, aviation authority calls on further support for airlines

As the international flight market needs more time to recover from the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Civil Aviation Administration of Việt Nam (CAAV) has called for more Government support for airlines operating in the country.

Vietnam jumps 30 notches in latest COVID-19 Recovery Index by Nikkei

Vietnam has moved up 30 notches to rank 62nd in the latest edition of Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index thanks to the country’s high vaccination rate.

Vietnam's vaccination of children carried out safely

The vaccination of children aged between five and under 12 years old have been carried out safely in many localities over the past few days and no incidents have been recorded so far.

Health ministry asks localities to start inoculation for children aged 5-11 right when COVID vaccines arrive

The health ministry has asked localities to prepare to carry out the inoculation of children aged 5-11 years old against COVID-19 as soon as the vaccines are distributed, likely to be in early April.

Vietnam spends US$865 million importing COVID-19 test kits

Vietnam has spent a total of VND19,900 billion (roughly US$865 million), importing COVID-19 test kits since the pandemic broke out in 2020, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Vietnam mulls removing Covid from list of extremely dangerous infectious diseases

The Government will study how to remove Covid-19 from the list of class A infectious diseases, which are extremely dangerous, according to the anti-pandemic program in 2022-2023. 

NA Standing Committee urges early issue of new COVID-19 control master plan for 2022-2023

The National Assembly Standing Committee has urged the Government to early issue a master plan on COVID-19 prevention and control for 2022-2023 to deal with many urgent issues.

Proposal on allowing people with Covid-19 to work raises controversy

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has proposed allowing positive cases (F0s) and contacts of Covid patients (F1) to continue to work during quarantine. Many patients do not agree with the proposal.

Coronavirus cases likely to return to workplace in HCM City

Ho Chi Minh City is examining the possibility of allowing COVID-19 infected cases (F0) and close-contact cases (F1) to return to the workplace if their health is guaranteed.

Two-thirds of Covid-impacted households report mental health problems

Besides financial and physical issues, the Covid pandemic has seriously affected people’s mental health, with two of three Covid-impacted households in Vietnam reporting mental health problems, according to the United Nations Development Program.

Health ministry proposes halting daily COVID-19 case update

The Ministry of Health has proposed to temporarily stop announcing new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis to the public amid case spike.