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Vietnam plans to keep borders closed and not rely on vaccine strategy




The Vietnamese Covid-19 task force says it plans to maintain its strategy of containing the coronavirus rather than “rush into a vaccine”, even if a successful vaccine becomes available, that could pose a financial burden the country. Vietnam, despite a month-long surge around Da Nang, has been able to largely contain the local outbreak.

Yesterday the world’s Covid numbers reported the continuing surge in the US and parts of Europe and the UK. Vietnam has reported a total of 1,212 Covid cases and 25 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Vietnam plans to keep borders closed and not rely on vaccine strategy | News by Thaiger

Through months of aggressive mass testing, centralised and controlled quarantines and early border closures, Vietnam has now gone over 2 months without a community transmission of Covid-19. Like Thailand, the vast majority of recent cases have been imported, mostly with repatriated Vietnamese citizens.

Vietnam and Thailand have both been widely praised for their decisive response to quelling outbreaks, despite earlier predictions that the south East Asian countries could have been key hot-spots for the spread of Covid-19.

Vietnam’s deputy PM, Vu Duc Dam, speaking to Channel News Asia, says there are challenges with any possible vaccine, if and when it becomes available.

“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.”

That “dealing with Covid” would mean Vietnam will keep its borders mostly closed in the short to medium term.

“We have to be prepared for the fact that the pandemic will not end until 2021.”

Vietnam has spent a reported US$776.7 million on containing the virus and its impacts up to date. The measures, government officials claim, place the Vietnamese economy on target for a swifter recovery.

The Vietnamese government has predicted a GDP growth of 2 – 2.5% this year and 6.7% in 2021. Neighbour Thailand projects an economic contraction of 7.1% for 2020.

South east Asia, generally, has fared relatively well in containing its Covid 19 cases, with The Philippines and Indonesia being notable exceptions.


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    Ameila Leary

    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    It is nice not to look forward to the vaccine and still depend on lockdown from an economic perspective, but lockdown also affects your trade and the items that make up your economy. For the sake of your people, you have to buy vaccine under any circumstances. You can minimise the infections by locking them down, but do not finish them and do not even provide the virus with care. China is able to control its economy at the top with its coronavirus and that was the dark intentions he always had

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      Issan John

      Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      Fair comment, except for the “dark intentions” bit as if the pandemic was deliberate. Had it been, why would they not have simply released the virus elsewhere, say in the US? This sort of QAnon stuff is just a bit absurd.

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      Mike Frenchie

      Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      Vaccine is max 10 usd/head… (effectiveness 50-70%) and cheaper if manufactured locally.
      This may imply that the vaccine is worthless?

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    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    in a nutshell: pay for your vaccine, if you can.

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    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    In Vietnam health insurance is in it’s infancy. Most people don’t have it and a great part of the population can’t pay for a hospital treatment. If they had the the same amount of infections as in the West people would be dying in the streets. True, the government is giving free treatment for infected citizens up until now but if the numbers would go up they simply can’t provide this for most. So far, Vietnam has been doing an excellent job in containing the virus.
    Also understand they don’t want to bet their reserves on a vaccine before it’s proven to be effective. The question is when it’s working will they still be banning vaccinated travelers?

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    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Seems more like they just don’t want to upfront the money for a vaccine. Either they want to wait to see it’s effects before spending the money, or let their citizens pay for it instead. I see nothing wrong with this although of course it comes with some risk. A risk greatly mitigated by the continued lockdown.

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    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Is you check “Vietnam Tourism” on Google News, there is an article from a few days suggesting Vietnam is gearing up to Reopen to Tourists in the very near future………so the dry high season probably

    A lot of conflicting information which is rather annoying

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    A pity.
    If Vietnam was clever they could grab the tourism that Thailand repulses, plus investments.
    The beer is cheaper, the wine is cheaper, the accommodation is cheaper.
    I was there last April.

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      Exactly so

      Monday, November 9, 2020 at 12:21 am

      well, they are not. Of course, following madly disproportionate reaction to a disease. Like burning down a house for a wasps nest. Is it “working”? Well, yes, but…..

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    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:16 am

    Depopulation agenda in full swing in targeted nations . It will be interesting to see the birth rates next year. Those nations that are non conformist are being given the harder longer lockdowns whilst the robot like countries get away lightly.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      I’m not sure who you’re suggesting are “targeted nations” or what the “depopulation agenda” is. Can you elaborate?

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    7.62mm of darwin

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:54 am

    You could naturally vaccinate yourself just by going outside and surviving it. The percentage of death by covid as apposed to death by existing illness is slight. The odds are with you and unless you envisage living forever locked way you must face the genie that has escaped the bottle……you cant put him back in

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