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Covid-19 may soon become an endemic disease

According to WHO’s encouragement, Vietnam will move from pandemic prevention to sustainable management with 2 epidemic response scenarios. Pandemic Covid-19 may soon become endemic.

Covid-19 will not completely disappear

Ministry of Health is consulting relevant agencies on the draft “Plan to ensure medical work to respond to Covid-19 epidemic situations in 2022 – 2023”.

According to the Ministry of Health, on a global scale, the number of new Covid-19 cases has been continuously decreasing, the number of severe infections and deaths has also decreased, while the rate of vaccine coverage has increased. Health Organization world (WHO) said that the Covid-19 epidemic will not disappear completely, it may soon become an endemic disease.

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WHO predicts that the Covid-19 epidemic will not completely disappear, soon it will be an endemic disease


On March 31, 2022, WHO issued a response and prevention plan to end the state of emergency Covid-19 pandemic in 2022. WHO also encourages countries to move from pandemic prevention to sustainable management

Cases and deaths from Covid-19 are decreasing day by day

Regarding the Covid-19 epidemic in Vietnam, the Ministry of Health said that in recent times, the number of infections, severe cases and deaths in provinces and cities tends to decrease day by day.

The number of new cases from 150,000 cases/day to less than 50,000 cases/day. By May 2, the number of new cases was more than 3,700. The number of severe cases has decreased from more than 3,600 cases to more than 1,500 cases being treated at hospitals. On May 2, there were still 475 severe cases requiring oxygen.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 from more than 50 cases / day to more than 30 cases / day. By May 2, the average number of deaths per week decreased to 4 cases/day

Forecast 2 translation situations

To proactively control the Covid-19 epidemic, based on WHO’s plan and reality in Vietnam, the Ministry of Health has developed two Covid-19 epidemic scenarios in the transition period from pandemic prevention to sustainable management. steady.

Accordingly, scenario 1: The virus strain continues to evolve, but the outbreaks are no longer as severe as before or new strains of the virus appear. SARS-CoV-2 but less severe.

Scenario 2: The emergence of a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has the potential to reduce vaccine effectiveness or immunity, causing an increase in severe symptomatic infections or deaths, especially in vulnerable groups. hurt.

The common goal of the response situations is to improve response capacity in complex epidemic situations in each region and locality.

Ensure effective epidemic control, control speed of spread, maximum protection health, people’s lives; To minimize the number of serious illnesses and deaths due to Covid-19 epidemic.

Guaranteed vaccine coverage

According to the draft of the Ministry of Health, the country must ensure that Covid-19 vaccine coverage rate (Complete the 2nd injection for people 12 years old to under 18 years old, 3 injection for people 18 years of age and older up to the vaccination schedule, except for those with contraindications to vaccination in April 2022); ensure enough vaccines and complete vaccination for children from 5 to under 12 years old in the second quarter of 2022.

Control the spread. All levels of government have Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control scenarios. All citizens must comply with appropriate epidemic prevention and control measures. All agencies, organizations, enterprise carry out an infection risk assessment.

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Have policy more suitable treatment for people working in preventive medicine, at grassroots health care


Have a flexible surveillance and detection strategy for SARS-CoV-2 infections, suitable to the epidemic situation in each period.

Reduce the death rate per million population to below the Asian average.

Treatment of preventive medicine workers

Improve capacity of the health system, especially preventive medicine and grassroots health; have appropriate remuneration policies and regimes for those in charge of preventive medicine and grassroots health care. Improve the quality of first aid and active resuscitation at medical examination and treatment facilities at all levels.

100% of provincial-level disease control centers, district-level medical centers, commune-level medical stations, health facilities in detention facilities, and infirmaries in units of the armed forces have been strengthened to perform professional tasks in epidemic prevention and control.

Ensure the number of beds for active resuscitation at medical examination and treatment establishments at the district level or higher; 100% of people infected with Covid-19 with severe and critical development are treated and taken care of.

All vulnerable groups such as the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, people with disabilities, pregnant women, helpless people, orphans, ethnic minorities, and migrant workers residents in urban areas… are guaranteed access to health services.

Ensuring information and communication; proactively provide timely and accurate information to the people about the epidemic and epidemic prevention…

In the draft, the Ministry of Health officially proposes that localities need to have a plan to mobilize and assign medical facilities in the area, including non-public facilities to participate. Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control

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