Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
He regarded the “5K principle”, vaccines, treatment drugs, technologies, public awareness and other solutions as crucial factors to safely and flexibly adapt to and effectively control the pandemic.
The “5K principle” was issued by the Ministry of Health, covering khau trang (facemask), khu khuan (disinfection), khoang cach (distance), khong tu tap (no gathering), and khai bao y te (health declaration).
PM Chinh applauded the Ministry of Health and relevant ministries and agencies, especially scientists, researchers and producers of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment drugs for their efforts over the past time.
He called for closer coordination to remove difficulties in research as well as administrative and legal procedures, striving to produce COVID-19 vaccines and treatment drugs at home.
The nation’s interests, and the public’s health and life must be the top priority, the PM emphasised.
PM Chinh assigned the Ministry of Health to coordinate with other relevant ministries and agencies to review institutions to facilitate the process.
The Ministry of Health reported that as of November 25, Vietnam had administered about 116.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with 47.4 million people fully vaccinated.
The country has engaged in technology transfer, research and trial of such vaccines as Nano Covax, COVIVAC, ARCT-154, HIPRA, Sputnik V, Shionogi and some vaccines of Cuba and India. Six factories have registered for COVID-19 treatment drug production.
HCM City will provide the antiviral drug Favipiravir to COVID-19 patients for treatment in place of Molnupiravir since stock of the latter is running low across the city.