HCMC – The Ministry of Health has to facilitate the development and testing of a Covid-19 vaccine as well as consider importing the vaccine to be able to launch a vaccination program on a large scale, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a regular Government meeting on February 2.
PM Phuc stressed that the ministry must make efforts to ensure local residents can get access to the vaccine in this quarter.
Moreover, leaders of localities nationwide were required to actively decide proper anti-pandemic measures and take responsibility for their decisions. They have to take drastic measures to ensure compliance with Covid-19 safety protocols in the community, including wearing masks when going out, washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, maintaining a physical distance from others and making health declarations.
Aside from fighting the coronavirus, localities have to act to cope with the aftermath of the natural disasters that hit Central Vietnam late last year and the recent cold spell in the northern region, ensuring agricultural production activities take place smoothly and all families can enjoy the upcoming Lunar New Year.
At the meeting, the head of the Government also requested measures to promote further growth in three fields in the first half of the year including the domestic economy with a market of nearly 100 million people, the international economy with more free trade agreements signed and the digital economy.
Competent forces were also asked to adopt appropriate measures to eliminate the obstacles facing businesses and help locals who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.