Disadvantaged and vulnerable people the central focus of pandemic response

With the aim of leaving no one behind, Vietnamese agencies have coordinated with domestic and foreign airlines to organise flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home safely, in accordance with quarantine capacity at home. Six flights carrying 1,620 Vietnamese citizens from Indonesia, Europe, America and Africa, the Philippines, the US, Russia and Saudi Arabia landed in Vietnam from November 31-December 6.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam brings home 1,620 nationals from five continents from November 30 to December 6, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Passengers onboard these flights included children under 18, pregnant women, the elderly, workers whose labor contracts had expired, students with no residences due to dormitory shutdown and other with especially difficult circumstances.

Precautious measures were implemented during these flights to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

Right after arriving at local airports, all the passengers received check-ups and were sent to concentrated quarantine sites in line with current regulations on COVID-19 responses.

From April 10 to December 6, local agencies coordinated with Vietnam’s representative agencies overseas to arrange 216 flights, bringing home about 59,332 Vietnamese citizens stranded abroad due to COVID-19.

The repatriation of Vietnamese citizens in disadvantaged circumstances abroad will continue to be conducted in line with their wishes and quarantine capacity in Vietnam.

In a bid to strengthen management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on December 1 issued a directive, asking authorities at all levels to continue the strategy to prevent risk from outside, zone off areas, and treat the disease effectively while enhancing vigilance and standing ready to cope with all pandemic situations. 

Incoming flights carrying diplomats, experts, investors and skilled workers and their family members to Vietnam as well as Vietnamese workers to other countries shall continue as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to reboot economic recovery.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said at a meeting with Vietnamese vaccine producers on December 5 that Vietnam will conduct the first phase of human trials of a locally made COVID-19 vaccine from December 10.

Apart from efforts in COVID-19 prevention and control, the Vietnamese Government has instructed relevant agencies to focus resources on vaccine research and production at home, while stepping up coordination with prestigious foreign producers and suppliers so that Vietnam will have the vaccine as soon as possible, foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang affirmed on December 3.

Tu Anh