JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam opts for containment over ‘high risk’ rush for costly vaccine

Friday, November 06, 2020, 16:05 GMT+7
Vietnam opts for containment over ‘high risk’ rush for costly vaccine
A woman wears a protective face mask as she walks past a poster warning about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam April 15, 2020. Photo: Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam will stick to its strategy of containing COVID-19 rather than rush to secure a supply of a vaccine that could be expensive and potentially risky, the head of the country's coronavirus task force said on Friday.

Through months of aggressive mass testing, military-run centralised quarantine and early border closures, Vietnam has kept its coronavirus tally to just 1,210 cases and gone over two months without community transmission.

Just 35 people have died from COVID-19 in Vietnam, according to official data, with the country widely praised for its decisive response to quelling outbreaks.

"The vaccine is a story for the future," task force chief and deputy prime minister, Vu Duc Dam, told a government meeting on Friday.

"Demand is far higher than supply, and we have to pay large deposits to secure our position, which I see as very high risk and a waste of money and time."

"We will continue to deal with COVID as we are now," said Dam.

In late July, as Vietnam fought a new outbreak of the virus after more than three months without local transmission, Hanoi said it had registered to buy a 50-150 million doses of a Russian vaccine.

Vietnam will also buy from Britain, where it has a partnership to develop a home-grown vaccine with the University of Bristol.

"We have to be prepared for the fact that the pandemic will not end until 2021," said Dam. "Our home-grown vaccine will enter human trials this month but won't be available until end-2021."

Vietnam has spent nearly 18 trillion dong ($776.7 million) on containing the virus and its impacts, official data shows.

Its measures have put its economy on track to recover faster than most.

In September, the government said it was targeting gross domestic product growth of 2.0%-2.5% this year and 6.7% in 2021.

($1 = 23,177 dong)

Reuters

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Latest news