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Vietnam looks towards endemic despite increase in cases

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has directed the Health Ministry to begin the process of moving the country to a course of living with Covid-19 and treating it as endemic, even as cases have increased in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam confirmed that a draft Covid-19 prevention program is expected to be completed and launched this week.

The program aims to bring Covid-19 under control by limiting community transmissions whilst the country focuses on socio-economic recovery. It will also minimize the number of severe Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Vietnam reported 118,790 virus cases, including 10 imported, on Thursday, an increase of 8,500 from a day earlier, the health ministry said on its website. Vietnam has recorded over 3.63 million Covid-19 cases in the fourth coronavirus wave since late April, with 40,455 deaths.

To date, 70.7 million adults have received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots, 67.4 million have received their second and 14.6 million have received one booster shot. Nationwide, 8.6 million children aged 12-17 have received their first shots and 8.1 million have received their second.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: E.VNEXPRESS.NET

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