Health Minister: Vietnam to establish 2 central Centers for Disease Control in the North and South

Vietnam is further improving the Center for Disease Control (CDC) system to better respond to the diseases that may occur in the future. At the same time, it plans to establish the central CDCs in the North and the South, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said.
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Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long received and worked with John MacArthur -Southeast Asia Regional Director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control (the U.S CDC) and Mathew Moore -Acting Country Director of the U.S CDC in Vietnam in Hanoi on March 29, VGP reported.

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Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long congratulates and presents gifts to Mr. John MacArthur -Southeast Asia Regional Director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control. Photo: VGP

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long congratulated Mr. John MacArthur on his appointment of Southeast Asia Regional Director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control.

Both John MacArthur and Mathew Moore hailed Vietnam’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The U.S CDC Office in Southeast Asia aspires to foster cooperation with Vietnam in epidemic prevention and control in the region, John MacArthur emphasized.

The U.S Government pledged to aid $4 billion for the COVAX mechanism to help citizens in the world to get access to vaccines. Besides, the U.S is also accelerating producing 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine in India to supply for residents worldwide.

The U.S CDC would also allocate $2.3 million for activities with the Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medical Services Management, and four leading institutes in Vietnam, etc.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long advocated issues raised by the U.S CDC in Southeast Asia, especially health security. He also extended thanks to the U.S Government and CDC for their assistance for Vietnam over the past time.

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Photo courtesy of Ministry of Health.

According to Minister Long, health security is a very important issue, as well as one of the priorities in the action programs of the Vietnamese Government.

Affirming that the Centers for Disease Control in Vietnam effectively implemented the epidemic prevention and control, especially in the fight against Covid-19, Minister Long said the country is further improving the CDC system to better respond to the diseases that may occur in the future.

At the same time, the country plans to establish the central CDCs in the North and the South, Long added.

"We hope that the U.S CDC can support us in setting up the central CDCs both financially and technically”, Long stressed.

Long also requested the U.S CDC Office in Southeast Asia to assist ASEAN countries, including Vietnam, to access the US-produced Covid-19 vaccines.

The Health Ministry assigned the functional units to complete the contents related to the "vaccine passport" issue to soon submit to the competent authorities for approval, in the spirit of creating the most favorable conditions but must ensure safety.

Vietnam launched its Covid-19 inoculation campaign on March 8. As of March 30, nearly 46,500 medical and other frontline workers have administered the vaccine.

The Ministry of Health said earlier this year in addition to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine Vietnam is set to get in 2021, it was negotiating with vaccine manufacturers of the US, including Pfizer, to purchase their vaccines.

Vietnam needs approximately 150 million doses to vaccinate its citizens.

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