Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization's Head Honored by Vietnam
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted separate receptions for Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Gerd Müller and Chief Programme Officer at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Aurélia Nguyen in New York on September 20 (local time), VNA reported.
|Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh and GAVI Chief Programme Officer Aurélia Nguyen. Photo: VGP|
Receiving Aurélia Nguyen, PM Chinh, on his trip to attend the high-level week of the UN General Assembly's 78th session and bilateral activities in the US, thanked her for her support to Vietnam during the most difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He suggested GAVI and Aurelia Nguyen personally increase support for Vietnam in accessing vaccines to prevent epidemics, building strategies and plans to improve expanded vaccination, and receiving the transfer of mRNA vaccine technology.
Aurélia Nguyen expressed her hope that the two sides will maintain cooperation in producing vaccines against diseases in the coming time and affirmed that she will continue supporting the country in implementing vaccination programs for common diseases.
On this occasion, Chinh handed to Aurélia Nguyen the Vietnamese State’s Friendship Order in recognition of her important support for Covid-19 prevention.
|Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh hands to GAVI Chief Programme Officer Aurélia Nguyen the Vietnamese State’s Friendship Order in recognition of her important support for Covid-19 prevention. Photo: VGP|
Aurélia Nguyen is one of the important leaders in strategy and policy in the field of vaccines globally.
She is French of Vietnamese origin and has a lot of affection for her homeland, Vietnam. In particular, in preventing the Covid-19, she regularly held phone calls and exchanged letters with senior Vietnamese leaders, through COVAX has provided free support to Vietnam with more than 70 million doses of Covid-19 prevention vaccines, far exceeding the COVAX commitment for Vietnam of 38.9 million doses.
Receiving Müller, Chinh appreciated efforts by the UNIDO and its Director General to support Vietnam in implementing three strategic breakthroughs in infrastructure, human resources, and institutions, and building a socialist-oriented market economy.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) receives Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Gerd Müller. Photo: VNA|
Emphasizing Vietnam's determination to build a strong industry, sustainable ecological agriculture, and concerted and effective service industries, he requested the UNIDO to support Vietnam in implementing its industrial development strategy to 2025, with a vision to 2035, with priority given to perfecting and implementing industrial policies, developing low-emission industries, and increasing the added value and competitiveness of Vietnam's industries to participate in global supply chains.
Müller said that Vietnam is the most successful model of development and an important partner of the UNIDO with many cooperation programs, affirming his organization will focus on supporting Vietnam in energy saving and decarbonization of industries, and in developing food innovation systems and agricultural value chains, processing industries, and rural industry.
The UNIDO will coordinate closely with the Vietnamese side to soon approve the national cooperation program for the 2023-2027 period as a basis for collaboration activities in the coming time, he stated, proposing the two sides consider the possibility of trilateral cooperation between Vietnam, the UNIDO, and a developing country.
Chinh took the occasion to invite the UNIDO leader to visit Vietnam to promote more opportunities for bilateral cooperation, thus contributing to supporting Vietnam in achieving its goal of becoming an upper middle-income country with a modern industry by 2030 and a high-income developed country by 2045.
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