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Binh Duong, Dong Nai face shortage of Covid vaccine, medical workers

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HCMC – Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces have asked the Government to dispatch more medical workers and allocate more Covid-19 vaccine doses to them to bring the pandemic under control as soon as possible.

The two provinces are mobilizing anti-virus forces to conduct mass Covid-19 testing and vaccination and lock down areas with new outbreaks of Covid-19 cases, while several field hospitals for Covid-19 treatment are being set up.

Over the past few days, Binh Duong Province has seen a surge in the daily Covid-19 infections. The province has reported over 110,000 Covid-19 cases in the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April.

The province is mapping out a plan to respond to a scenario in which the number of cases hits 150,000, and has targeted to bring Covid-19 under control before September 15.

To realize the target, the province is closely monitoring infection clusters, conducting a vaccination drive, isolating Covid-19 cases from the community and building more Covid-19 treatment facilities. The province has a total of 25 field hospitals with 20,000 beds.

However, Binh Duong Province is facing a severe shortage of doctors and nurses and medical equipment, so it proposes the Government send more medical workers to join its Covid-19 fight and allocate more vaccine to the province to inoculate two million residents in extremely high-risk areas, said Nguyen Van Loi, secretary of the Binh Duong Province Party Committee.

Besides, the province also asked the Ministry of National Defense for help with medical workers and equipment.

Over 942,110 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered to people in the province.

Elsewhere, Nguyen Hong Linh, secretary of the Dong Nai Province Party Committee, told an online anti-virus meeting on August 31 that the province would continue to propose the Government allocate more Covid-19 vaccine so that the province can achieve herd immunity at the earliest possibility.

Dong Nai Province has reported over 23,700 Covid-19 infections in the latest coronavirus wave.

The province targets to isolate positive Covid-19 cases from the community by September 5 alongside vaccinating residents, Phap Luat Online reported.

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