Vietnam Launches Initiative to Promote Human Rights to Vaccination
|The Vietnamese government is strongly committed and gained important achievements in implementing the expanded vaccination program, established in 1981.|
Vietnam gains achievements in expanded vaccination
On September 18, at the UN Office in Geneva, Vietnam coordinated with Brazil and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) to organize an international discussion on promoting human rights to vaccination.
Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Vietnamese Delegation to the UN, WTO, and other international organizations in Geneva, emphasized Vietnam's policies and achievements in ensuring human rights to access vaccines, making an important contribution to promoting people's health and socio-economic development.
The Government of Vietnam is strongly committed and gained important achievements in implementing the expanded vaccination program, established in 1981, and emergency programs such as COVID-19 vaccination, appreciated by WHO, GAVI, and the international community.
In addition to the efforts of the government and people, Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai affirmed the importance of the support and cooperation of the international community to help Vietnam gain achievements in expanded vaccination, especially the support of WHO, Gavi, COVAX - the equitable vaccine distribution program initiated by WHO for poor countries, and other international partners.
Notably, Vietnam has achieved a Covid-19 vaccination rate of nearly 100%, one of the highest rates in the world.
This makes an important contribution to effectively controlling the pandemic, and protecting people's lives while maintaining economic growth during the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery.
Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai also shared about Vietnam's strategies and solutions to strengthen international cooperation, technical support, capacity building, and improving the public healthcare system.
At the discussion, three representatives from Brazil, WHO, and Gavi all mentioned Vietnam's views, emphasizing the importance of vaccination in reducing health inequalities, improving educational outcomes, and the enjoyment of other human rights.
The speakers also mentioned the important role of the Human Rights Council in promoting vaccination and the human right to be vaccinated.
This is an important element of the right to the highest possible standard of physical and mental health. It also highlights the role and challenges facing the vaccination program.
International cooperation to ensure vaccine access
On September 20, during the general discussion on human rights at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai presented a general statement on the human right to be vaccinated. This joint statement received the support of many countries, with the official co-sponsorship of nearly 60 countries from all continents.
The joint statement emphasized the importance of vaccines, vaccine multilateralism, and multilateral efforts,
The role of the UN Human Rights Council is to strengthen international solidarity and cooperation to ensure fair, affordable, and timely access to vaccines, It also mentions promoting the right to vaccination, and fully implementing the vaccination program.
The joint statement called on countries and stakeholders to promote the implementation of the WHO 2030 Agenda on Immunization to ensure that all people, everywhere and of all ages, are vaccinated, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children.
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