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Phan Van Mai picked as head of HCMC’s anti-Covid authority

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Phan Van Mai, recently-elected chairman of the HCMC government, has officially taken over the post of the head of the city’s anti-Covid steering committee, as a replacement for his predecessor Nguyen Thanh Phong, who has been appointed as deputy head of the Central Economic Commission.

According to the municipal government’s decision released yesterday, September 1, Mai will be in charge of managing the activities of the anti-Covid steering committee, which comprises 48 members, as well as guiding members and assigning tasks. He was also responsible for directing the anti-Covid authority to map out anti-Covid and economic recovery plans for the city.

Duong Anh Duc, vice chairman of the municipal government, will serve as standing deputy head of the HCMC anti-Covid steering committee.

The other deputy heads include Nguyen Ho Hai, deputy secretary of the city’s Party Committee; To Thi Bich Chau, chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCMC; Phan Nguyen Nhu Khue, head of the HCMC Party Committee’s Board for Propaganda and Education; Tang Chi Thuong, director of the HCMC Department of Health, and Phan Trong Lan, head of the Pasteur Institute among others.

Nguyen Tan Binh, former director of the HCMC Department of Health, will continue as a standing member of the anti-Covid steering committee.

Based on the development of the pandemic, the anti-Covid authority has to work out detailed Covid response plans and costs and then submit them to the municipal government for consideration and implementation in a timely manner.

Besides, the anti-Covid authority is responsible for guiding and monitoring anti-Covid tasks in departments, agencies and localities citywide and weighing the suggestions and measures of the city’s advisory group on Covid prevention and economic recovery to execute them.

The municipal government also formed a team to support the anti-Covid authority. This 29-member team will be led by Nguyen Huu Hung, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health.

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