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President clarifies pandemic prevention measures for voters in HCM City

 Defining wards and communes as “fortresses” in COVID-19 prevention and control shows the importance of these areas and does not mean separating them to impede the movement of goods, services and labour, affirmed President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on October 11.

The “fortresses” in COVID-19 prevention and control in Vietnam, particularly in the city, actually means increasing coordination, the President said at meetings with constituents in Ho Chi Minh City’s Hoc Mon and Cu Chi districts.  

Sharing local pandemic-related losses of lives and assets in the past time, he said under the direction of the Politburo, the Government and the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control have put forth measures to change the strategy from "Zero COVID-19" to an adaptive and flexible, effective control of the epidemic. The President noted it is a suitable move in the context of detecting a large number of infections.

Regarding the voters’ proposal for the vaccination of children under 18 years old, Phuc said that it is a matter of special concern to the Party and State.

Currently, the Ministry of Health and the professional council on vaccines have made related recommendations, striving to vaccinate children aged 12-18 in October and November. Pfizer has committed to supply 20 million doses of its vaccine for Vietnamese children. If the doses arrive early, their vaccination can begin late October./.