The signing ceremony. (Photo: CPV)

Stefanie Stallmeister, World Bank Acting Country Director for Vietnam, said the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam is progressing rapidly. The emergency project not only helps the Government quickly monitor and respond to COVID-19, but also contributes to building a solid and resilient health system against emergency medical events in the future.

The project will strengthen the capacity of the laboratory system at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and other laboratory systems across the country; helping to increase the capacity of assessing community immunity against COVID-19.

The aid will also be used to buy and supply equipment to improve the capacity of the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (POLYVAC).

The project will support about 200 laboratories for COVID-19 monitoring and testing at hospitals and disease control centers at the provincial level. It will also help NIHE and POLYVAC improve Vietnam’s capacity in detecting and responding to the COVID-19.

The program is funded by the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) through the insurance allocated to Vietnam./.