Highest priority given to ongoing COVID-19 fight in HCM City

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has requested that the Ministry of Health immediately transfer rapid antigen test kits to Ho Chi Minh City in order to boost extensive COVID-19 testing, while taking a fact-finding trip to the southern city on June 26.

The highest priority must now be given to Ho Chi Minh City, PM Chinh told the Minister of Health during their trip to a quarantine facility located at the Vietnam National University’s Ho Chi Minh City branch.

The southern metropolis, the nation’s busiest and most populous locality, is currently under great pressure as the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread to all 22 of its districts and towns, with more than 100 positive cases recorded on a daily basis.

The local administration has said that many chains of transmission of unknown origin caused by the mutated Delta strain, which was first identified in India, have been discovered among the local community, with many cases being asymptomatic.

PM Chinh requested that Ho Chi Minh City strive to speed up its testing campaign whilst simultaneously tightening epidemic prevention and control measures in crowded areas, including quarantine facilities, alongside ramping up its vaccination campaign.

It is therefore imperative to avoid cases of cross-transmission occurring in concentrated quarantine facilities, said the PM, citing valuable lessons learnt from the outbreak in Bac Giang, where concentrated quarantine areas are crowded and many people share services, resulting in cases of cross–transmission.

The same day saw PM Chinh pay a visit to Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC which is currently developing Nano Covax, a locally-made COVID-19 vaccine.

At present, Nano Covax is entering the third phase of its human clinical trial, whilst the firm has recently asked the PM for permission to license its vaccine for emergency use in the nation.

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