Vietnam attends 77th World Health Assembly: Deputy Minister

WVR/VNA - A delegation of the Ministry of Health led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Thi Lien Huong is attending the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 28 to June 1.
Vietnam attends 77th World Health Assembly: Deputy Minister
Vietnam attends 77th World Health Assembly: Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Lien Huong speaks at 77th World Health Assembly. (Photo: VNA)

On the occasion of the session, Deputy Minister Huong said that the COVID-19 pandemic shows that many countries have yet to make good preparedness for a global-scale epidemic, and warned that another epidemic would happen at any time, requiring all countries to strengthen their capacity and readiness for it.

Countries also need to cooperate and act together to best respond to and minimise global health security threats, and respond quickly and effectively to all possible health risks, Deputy Minister Huong suggested.

She pointed to several challenges to public health care, including climate change, the illness and mortality burden by non-communicable diseases, inequal access to health services, and the risk of re-emergence of infectious diseases, especially those that can be prevented by vaccines.

Within the WHA77 framework, countries will consider adopting the Pandemic Treaty and Amendments to International Health Regulations (IHR), whose contents include provisions on enhancing cooperation and information sharing, and promoting the access to production technology and disease prevention products. Once these documents are approved, this will be a breakthrough for the global health system in preventing and responding to epidemics and medical emergencies.

Ambassador Mai Phan Dung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other international organisations in Geneva, said that these documents will be a great opportunity for countries around the world, especially developing countries like Vietnam, to access medical services, equipment, vaccines and biological products, thereby helping create a major breakthrough in more effectively preventing future pandemics, and saving more lives, towards a healthy and equal world.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)