PM asks for faster pace of vaccine rollout as sub-variant BA.5 detected in Viet Nam
VGP – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked for faster pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout following detection of sub-variant BA.5 in Viet Nam.
Specifically, the Government chief tasked the Ministry of Health to help localities speed up administration of COVID-19 vaccines, especially the third and fourth shots to people aged 12 and above, and the second dose to children aged between 5 and 11.
The Omicron sub-variant was first detected in South Africa in January and it has become a common strain in several countries.
Viet Nam has recently detected the sub-variant following genome sequencing, Dr. Phan Trong Lan, Director-General of the Health Ministry's Department of Preventive Medicine told reporters on last Monday.
He said Omicron sub-variant BA.2 still remains dominant in Viet Nam.
As of Saturday, Viet Nam confirmed 10,748,127 infection cases, including 9,699,357 recoveries and 43,047 deaths./.