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PM affirmed Vietnam's success in COVID-19 fight during interview with international press

09:52 | 25/05/2020

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 21st granted an interview for containing the coronavirus outbreak thanks to its early awareness and appropriate measures, with foreign press agencies in Vietnam including Bloomberg (US), NHK Television, Akahata newspaper (Japan), and TASS news agency (Russia).

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VGP)

Vietnam has succeeded in containing the coronavirus outbreak thanks to its early awareness and appropriate measures, as stated by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in an interview with several foreign media agencies on May 21.

During the interview, the Prime Minister affirmed that Vietnam's success was due to its early awareness of the pandemic, proper measures, and firm direction which received support from the people. He also emphasized the persistent viewpoint of the Party, the State and the Government of Vietnam to be proactive, not negligent, "fighting the pandemic like the enemy", mobilizing the strength and the participation of the whole political system and social community, taking pandemic prevention as a priority, preventing the risk of the pandemic spreading from outside, isolating infected areas, treating effectively, accepting the sacrifice of short-term economic benefits to best protect people's health and lives.

The Prime Minister said that with the negative impacts caused by the pandemic, the Government has also implemented many measures to support the economy, remove difficulties for production and business, especially caring for the lives of people. As a result, so far, Vietnam has basically managed to control the pandemic and at the same time maintained the macro economy, turning to a "new normal" state, and determined to achieve GDP growth of 4.5-5% in 2020.

pm affirmed vietnams success in covid 19 fight during interview with international press
Vietnam has essentially curbed the outbreak with no cases of community transmission for more than a month. (photo: nhandan)

Sharing about Vietnam's international cooperation in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said that Vietnam had taken many practical activities to support and cooperate with other countries and international organizations, which was appreciated by the international community, including providing masks and medical equipment, and sharing information and experience on COVID-19 prevention.

The Vietnamese leader also highlighted the country’s international cooperation in facing the pandemic and extended his thanks to foreign media for their coverage and unbiased reports on the situation with the virus in Vietnam and the positive results achieved.

Foreign correspondents congratulated Vietnam on its success and highly appreciated Vietnam's measures to effectively prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan's NHK also quoted Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in an interview on May 21 as saying that Vietnam is willing to sacrifice its short-term economic benefits to protect the people's health and lives. He added that controlling the pandemic soon is a premise for international investors and tourists to return to Vietnam.

The PM also pledged to create a favourable investment environment for foreign investors to pour more capital into Vietnam, it said.

Prof. Futoshi Hasebe from the Nagasaki University’s Institute of Tropical Medicine said drastic quarantine measures and early tests of the suspects have resulted in Vietnam’s success in the fight against the COVID-19 pademic.

However, he also warned that Vietnam should stay vigilant in epidemic prevention and control.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his thanks to the international media for paying attention and making comprehensive and objective assessments of Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention, considering it a great encouragement for the Government and people of Vietnam in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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