Diplomats of Vietnam and Singapore exchanged lessons learned from Covid-19 response, in the context of Singapore moving towards a strategy of “living with Covid-19”.
Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore Chee Wee Kiong today held an online conference to discuss Singapore’s lessons learned in policy making to soon control the pandemic, towards recovery. economic recovery and bring the country into a “new normal”, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The exchange took place in the context that Singapore is moving towards a strategy of “living with Covid-19”, considering Covid-19 as a part of life and will be controlled like common diseases such as seasonal flu when enough people. vaccination vaccination.
Singapore was once considered as a model to fight the epidemic when it combined drastic restrictive measures with extensive tracing and testing. However, from September, the country gradually abandoned the “no Covid” strategy by easing restrictions to both explore and adjust its plan to live with the virus.
Deputy Minister Nguyen Minh Vu thanked Singapore for timely supporting essential medical equipment and supplies to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, considering this a vivid manifestation of the strategic partnership between the two countries.
He also highly appreciated Singapore’s success in controlling the pandemic, fully immunizing more than 80% of the population, facilitating economic opening and development, and wished Singapore to support or transfer vaccines to Vietnam. as soon as possible.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore emphasized the importance of the close and trusting relationship between the two foreign ministries in order to promote the Vietnam – Singapore strategic partnership in various fields, including the response to the pandemic. epidemic, facilitate the travel of citizens of the two countries, promote economic opening and prevent supply chain disruption.
Permanent Secretary Chee Wee Kiong also highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts and believed that Vietnam would quickly control the pandemic.