Proposal to research and produce COVID-19 vaccines for children

Proposal to research and produce COVID-19 vaccines for children - Photo 1.

Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha emphasized the creation of a connection network to support children affected by COVID-19 – Photo: HA QUAN

That is the information given in the online conference to evaluate and implement a number of solutions to protect, care for and educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinated by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs. with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Education and Training, the headquarters of United Nations agencies in Vietnam, the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs in 20 provinces.

Need more ‘one step ahead’ solutions

Reporting at the conference, Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, head of the Children’s Department (Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs), cited “sad” figures such as nearly 40,000 children as F0 and F1 (as of the end of the 31st day). -8). Ho Chi Minh City is the locality with the highest number of children of F0 and F1 in the country with the number of children being treated at about 2,500/40,000 patients being treated (as of September 1).

According to the Ministry of Health, about 5% of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Hanoi are children from 0 to 5 years old (from 5-7 to 30-7). In particular, during this 4th epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City, there are nearly 250 children who have lost their parents or father or mother…

Therefore, Mr. Dang Hoa Nam proposed to the People’s Committee of the province and city to prioritize the care and treatment of children F0, F1; give priority to vaccination against COVID-19 for managers and caregivers of children of social protection establishments and concentrated child care facilities; early research and production of vaccines for children…

Meanwhile, Mr. Tran Cong Nguyen, deputy director of the Da Nang Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that with 1,000 F0 and F1 children being collected in centralized isolation facilities, Da Nang city has prioritize policies such as special meals for children, necessities for families with young children, etc.

To protect children against COVID-19, Mr. Nguyen suggested that there be an early COVID-19 vaccine for children and that ministries and sectors have solutions to protect children when studying and entertaining on the Internet safely because Da Nang city has There are children being abused in the online environment.

Faced with this fact, Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha received these “global” recommendations of Da Nang City and asked domestic and foreign agencies and organizations to take action. coordinate to soon have solutions to prevent child abuse in the online environment and research and produce vaccines specifically for children.

The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized that vaccines for children are being continued to be researched. In July 2021, the WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Immunization (SAGE) concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable for use in children 12 years of age and older.

Many solutions to support children in time

Deputy Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said that the epidemic has caused an increase in the number of infected children, the number of deaths has also increased, many children have symptoms that concern their families such as health effects. .

Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Ha assessed: “Policies to support children as F0, F1, pregnant women and people raising children under 6 years of age have been implemented quickly and promptly. In fact, over 108,000 people F1 adults and children are supported with nearly 116 billion VND for meals.

Deputy Minister Ha emphasized that the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs will continue to coordinate with relevant stakeholders to support disadvantaged children such as having specific policies, emergency support packages, learning equipment support, and training programs. Proposing the Government’s policy, research and production of vaccines for children.

At the bridgehead in Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. Tran Ngoc Son, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs, shared that the department has built solutions and QR Codes on social networks to support children. disadvantaged children due to COVID-19, providing childcare and protection services, bringing pregnant women home to give birth…

Proposal to research and produce COVID-19 vaccines for children - Photo 2.

UN agencies are committed to further support Vietnam in protecting children during the COVID-19 pandemic – Photo: HA QUAN

At the conference, Mr. Le Hai Long, vice chairman of the Central Team Council, shared that the Central Youth Union Central Committee organized an online skills education program on prevention and control of drowning, abuse, injury and life-saving skills. disease protection for children every Sunday morning (from June to now).

According to Mr. Le Hai Long, 3 million glasses of milk and 500,000 children’s books and newspapers have been delivered to children in isolation wards in provinces affected by COVID-19. At the beginning of the new school year, nearly 400,000 notebooks and 2,000 sets of school supplies worth more than 4 billion VND have supported many difficult students.

“As soon as this weekend, support for tablets, laptops, desktop computers or Internet-connected devices will be rolled out so that no child will not learn online without support. From now until the end of the year By 2021, about 100,000 online learning devices will be available to children,” said Mr. Long.

According to the Department of Children, Vietnam has over 24 million children (accounting for nearly 26% of the population as of 2020), of which more than 12.9 million boys and about 11.8 million girls.

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