The Government has supplemented vnd5.1 trillion ($221.6 million) from the State budget reserve for 2021 for the Health Ministry's budget spending estimate to purchase medical equipment and supplies, biological products, chemicals and drugs
for COVID-19 prevention and control, according to a decision signed by Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai on August 1.
|A ventilator serving treatment of COVID-19 patients. (Photo: VNA)|
The management and use of the additional funding must be in accordance with regulations, and ensure publicity, transparency, thrift and efficiency.
The Health Ministry is tasked with deciding the use of the funding in accordance with the developments of the pandemic prevention and control and in accordance with professional requirements in each period.
The ministry has to manage and use medical equipment and supplies, biological products, chemicals and drugs in conformity to regulations, for the right purposes and subjects, and in a timely, effective, economical and appropriate manner with the pandemic prevention and control work and directions of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Vietnam recorded 157,507 cases of COVID-19 as of 6am August 2. The number of infections during the new pandemic wave that began in the country on April 27 reached 153,672, with 40,383 patients having recovered.
Many businesses and organizations have asked for permission to seek and import Covid-19 vaccines to offer free vaccinations to the people or to donate to the Covid-19 Vaccine Fund, after keeping part of the vaccines for their own use.
Vietnam hopes the US Government will continue giving priority assistance to Vietnam to access coronavirus vaccine supplies and create favourable conditions for partners to research and transfer virus vaccine production technology to the country.