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Health ministry plans to buy 21.9m Pfizer COVID vaccine doses for children aged 5-11

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Vials of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 years to below 12 years. — AFP/VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health is planning to purchase 21.9 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to give to children aged 5-11 years, with scenarios of surplus vaccines likely accepted.

Health minister Nguyễn Thanh Long disclosed its plan at a recent meeting, adding that the inoculation plan is still pending Government approval.

Further details on the delivery contract or roadmap of the campaign are not yet available.

Long said the World Health Organization has issued recommendations for vaccination against COVID-19 for children aged 12-17 but has not yet released guidance on the vaccination for children aged 5-11, so the Ministry of Health will undertake this matter very carefully, scientifically, and objectively, accounting for the experience and lessons from all countries that have already begun the inoculation programme.

In addition, the Ministry of Health also regularly and continuously has discussions with the World Health Organization about the science of vaccinating children at this age to guarantee the protection of children against the disease, but safety is still the overriding concern.

“This is an important matter. We can’t be reckless, and need to take gradual but firm steps, to ensure the safety of children,” Long stressed.

By early 2022, according to reports from localities, there are about 11.5 million children between the age of 5 and 11 in Việt Nam.

During Thursday’s national conference on the implementation of healthcare tasks in 2022, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính again reiterated the order for the health ministry to conduct a survey on pediatric inoculation, as giving shots to these children will be much more challenging than for adults.

Experts are still divided on the necessity of vaccinating children this young as data shows most infected youngsters very rarely suffer from serious conditions, while many parents/guardians are concerned over the side effects of the vaccines.

Việt Nam commenced vaccinating children aged 12-17 years in November last year, with Pfizer and Moderna cleared for emergency use (but only Pfizer has been used due to shortages of Moderna shots).

The inoculation is mostly done at schools.

So far, 15.3 million shots in total have been administered for this age group, including 7.06 million second doses.

41 out of 63 localities in the country have achieved the necessary coverage rate in this age group: Hà Nội, Hải Phòng, Hà Nam, Ninh Bình, Bắc Giang, Bắc Ninh, Hải Dương, Hưng Yên, Thái Nguyên, Quảng Ninh, Hòa Bình, Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Lai Châu, Lạng Sơn, Cao Bằng, Yên Bái, Lào Cai, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Ngãi, Phú Yên, Khánh Hòa, Ninh Thuận, Đắk Nông, HCM City, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Tiền Giang, Long An, Lâm Đồng, Tây Ninh, Sóc Trăng, An Giang, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh, Vĩnh Long, Bình Phước, Kiên Giang, Cà Mau, Bạc Liêu, and Hậu Giang. —

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194063/gia-lai-should-be-driving-force-of-central-highlands-by-2030-pm.html

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