Health Department proposes to set up COVID-19 vaccine procurement team


VGP – The Ha Noi Department of Health has suggested the local authorities allow the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccine procurement team amidst the fourth wave of disease resurgence. 

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The suggestion was raised at a meeting of the Ha Noi Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control which took place yesterday. 

Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh reported that since April 29 when the fourth wave broke out, 209 locally-transmitted cases have been detected in 22 districts and a concentrated quarantine area in the Military School of Ha Noi Capital High Command. 

In addition, the city also confirmed 229 other domestically-transmitted cases linked to hospitals (112 cases of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and 117 others of the National Cancer hospital in Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri District). 

Over the past two days, the city detected new cases including 27 patients who were F1 (people who had contacts with COVID-19 patients) at the concentrated quarantine area in the Military School, two experts of Canon Viet Nam Company, another case from Soc Son district, and one case at Long Bien district. 

Mr. Hoang added that since May 27, all 11 disease chains have yet reported any new community infections. However, new locally-transmitted cases linked to industrial parks of Bac Giang and Bac Ninh have been recorded. 

So far, 56 areas in Ha Noi in 15 districts have been put into lockdown with 13,646 people being quarantined. 

Thirteen quarantine camps have been set up with a total capacity of 9,665 isolation places. At present, 3,310 F1 people are being quarantined at these places. As planned, a list of 43 quarantine camps with an initial capacity of 11,000 places has been composed. These quarantine sites will be expanded with 30,000 slots in the coming time. 

According to the Deputy Director, the city has 131 active cases and 184 suspected ones who are F1 and F2 (people who have contacts with F1) with signs of infections. 

The Department of Health also requested mandatory health declaration for returnees from HCMC.

Earlier, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Chu Ngọc Anh on Monday morning inspected the concentrated quarantine area in the military school after dozens of cases were detected in the area on Sunday night. He also asked for reduced density and increased testing to detect new cases and avoid cross-infection.

As of May 31, those who tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 at least once have been moved to FPT University dorms. 

According to the city’s CDC, the quarantined area has a high density of people who had close contact with confirmed cases for days, so there was high possibility that they were infected.

According to the city’s Health Department, the military school had 927 F1 people./.

By Kim Anh