Foreign experts should be vaccinated against COVID-19: Deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has asked the Ministry of Health to consider administering COVID-19 vaccines to foreign experts in Vietnam, according to a notice from the Government’s Office.
|COVID-19 vaccine jabs being administered for frontline workers in Vietnam. — VNA/VNS Photo|
The Deputy PM made the request based on the business community’s proposals that have been collected by the Private Economic Development Research Board under the Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform, aiming to deal with difficulties facing enterprises amid the pandemic.
Ministries, cities and provinces should report obstacles to the implementation work to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, he said.
According to the board, businesses proposed the Government extend the priority list in the national vaccine rollout to foreign experts who are in charge of business activities of firms and foreign countries in Vietnam, and the shots could be paid by themselves or the companies instead of being given for free like other priority groups.
The experts travel frequently and face a high risk of infections. However, they haven’t been inoculated in their respective countries as they live and work in Vietnam.
The initiative is expected to contribute to COVID-19 prevention and control while promoting investment and trade in the country.
Two Deputy Ministers of Health will go to Japan and Russia to receive the transfer of vaccine technology from foreign partners, according to the Government’s monthly press conference on May 5.
The Health Ministry issued Decision 2763/QD-BYT on June 3 approving the use of the Chinese-made vaccine against COVID-19 Vero Cell to meet urgent needs in the fight against the pandemic.