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Politburo, Secretariat of Party Central Committee hold first session

February 19, 2021 | 08:07

The Politburo and Secretariat of the 13th-tenure Party Central Committee held their first session in Hanoi on February 18 to discuss key tasks for the first quarter and the policy for purchasing and using COVID-19 vaccines.

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Secretary General and State President Nguyen Phu Trong delivered the conclusion of the meeting. Photo: VNA

The Politburo and Secretariat asked Party Committees at all levels to focus on leadership and direction and offer all possible support to fight the pandemic, considering it a task of top priority.

The Politburo and Secretariat highlighted the need to realise the Resolution adopted by the 13th National Party Congress right from the beginning of the year as well as the Politburo’s Directive on the elections of deputies to the 15th National Assembly and the People’s Councils at all levels for the 2021-2026 tenure.

Speaking at the event, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong urged every agency, sector, and unit to build their own action plans for this year, initially for the first quarter, to conduct policies adopted at the 13th National Party Congress.

He called for the successful organising of the elections of deputies to the legislature and People’s Councils at all levels; focusing on socio-economic development and political and external affair tasks as assigned; firmly safeguarding border sovereignty and territorial integrity; and ensuring political security and social safety and order.

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The whole view of the first meeting of the Politburo and Secretariat . Photo: VNA

The Politburo and Secretariat agreed to use State budget and other sources to purchase vaccines. The use of vaccines must be in line with the law and recommendations from the World Health Organisation and manufacturers.

The decision has been taken that funds for buying, transporting, preserving, and using the vaccines will mainly come from the State budget and other sources. The purchase and use of vaccines carried out in emergency cases must also comply with procurement regulations regarding special cases and meet the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and vaccine manufacturers.

They also called for the stepping up of the study and production of COVID-19 vaccines at home that meet international standards and can adapt to new variants.

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General Secretary, State President Nguyen Phu Trong and comrades of the Politburo and the Secretariat attended the meeting. Photo: VNA

The Politburo and the Secretariat also assigned the Government’s Party Affairs Board to direct the Government, relevant ministries, and agencies to competently organise the purchase and use of COVID-19 vaccines. This will be done whilst simultaneously promoting the local research and production of COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to meet international standards and adapt to new emerging variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

With regard to the key tasks ahead in the first quarter of the year, the Politburo and the Secretariat requested that Party organisations at all levels concentrate on COVID-19 control measures to be done in a way that does not impact people’s lives and economic development.

The Politburo and the Secretariat also decided to raise the COVID-19 alerts to the highest level whilst mobilising the entire political system to get involved in epidemic prevention measures and control from the beginning of the year.

Since the initial outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus three weeks ago, cases have since spread to 13 cities and provinces, with as many as 737 new infections being detected nationwide, the majority of which are in Hai Duong province, the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot.

While locally-produced vaccines are in the phase of human clinical trials, the Government has also agreed to import vaccines for domestic use. More than 200,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are anticipated to arrive in Vietnam on February 28.

This will be the first batch of a total of 30 million doses which the country will receive after reaching a deal to purchase from AstraZeneca.

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