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Over 2,000 medical devices and supplies transported to HCM City

More than 2,000 medical devices and supplies have been transported to a field storage serving COVID-19 prevention and control activities in Ho Chi Minh City - the country's current largest pandemic hotspot, and other southern localities.

The medical devices and supplies include ventilators, dialysis machines, oxygen generators, and more than 12 million masks of all kinds.

Under the Prime Minister’s direction, the field storage was established at Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City on July 17, expecting to keep about 2,000 ventilators of different types.

The facility has to date stored 125,000 N95 masks, 14,500 sets of protective gears, and 12 million medical masks.

This week, the Ministry of Health will transport 560 high flow oxygen systems sponsored by enterprises to the storage, which has already stored 60 systems.

Meanwhile, to treat severe cases, the ministry has worked with HCM City's authorities and decided to set up a 1,000-bed COVID-19 intensive care hospital, which is located at the city’s oncology hospital.

So far, the city has recorded 48,863 infections. The city is piloting home quarantine for F1s. F0s without symptoms are quarantined at their places of residence.

On July 22, HCM City began the fifth phase of its large-scale COVID-19 vaccination campaign with 615 injection sites across the city. The campaign is scheduled to run within two weeks with more than 930,000 vaccine doses to be administered.