"Recently, Government leaders have agreed with set of criteria for recognition and use of vaccine passports of countries in Vietnam proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" - spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said.
On the afternoon of October 7, at regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referring to the application of vaccine passports, spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang stated some new information.
Accordingly, in the context that the Covid-19 pandemic is still complicated and cannot be completely controlled for a long time, the Government of Vietnam has agreed to change the policy from "zero Covid" to safe adaptation, flexibly and effectively control Covid-19, which means both application of effective pandemic prevention and restoration of socio-economic development.
"The strategy of vaccine passports, green cards or digital health certificate is considered possible solutions to gradually open the economy, especially the industry related to services and tourism" – said Ms. Hang, “leaders of the Government have agreed with the set of criteria for recognition and use of vaccine passports of countries in Vietnam proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
Vietnam recognizes vaccine passports with pilot in Phu Quoc.
The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to information at the regular press conference on the afternoon of October 7.
Information about the set of criteria for the vaccine passport, Ms. Hang stated that one of the important contents is types of vaccine. Vietnam accepts vaccines that are licensed by World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or European Medicines Agency (EMA) or Vietnamese Ministry of Health in case of emergency.
Also according to the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the vaccine passports, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam has also researched and developed a pilot plan to welcome vaccinated visitors to Vietnam, firstly at Phu Quoc island.
At the press conference, death of a Vietnamese citizen in Saudi Arabia was mentioned and asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform about measures to protect citizens.
Advised by Le Thi Thu Hang, the spokesperson, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received information from the Vietnamese Embassy in Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, on July 8, a Vietnamese female worker, born in 1996, from Dak Lak, died while being treated at North Medical Tower Hospital, Saudi Arabia.
Immediately after receiving the information, the Vietnamese Embassy in Saudi Arabia discussed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the authorities of Saudi Arabia, requesting verification and clarification of relevant information, and at the same time working with labor export enterprises to take necessary measures to protect citizens," said Ms. Hang.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also discussed with domestic authorities and local authorities, informed and guided the victim's family on necessary procedures to handle post-mortem issues.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has directed the Vietnamese Embassy in Saudi Arabia to closely coordinate with local authorities to soon complete relevant procedures and ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens."- said Ms. Hang.