On November 15, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh met voters in Long Dien and Dat Do Districts and Ba Ria City in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau after the 2nd session of the 15th National Assembly.
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh at the meeting (Photo: VGP)
At the meeting, voters especially appreciated the content and posed questions, saying that these are issues of particular concern to voters nationwide. The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and members of the Government gave frank and clear answers, which were agreed and supported by the people of the country with the guidelines and policies of the Party and State.
Voters highly appreciated the efforts of the entire political system in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, organizing an effective vaccine strategy, bringing positive results, and contributing to gradually bringing the country to a new normal state to restore socio-economic development.
They also suggested that the Government continue to pay attention to speeding up the vaccination schedule so that children can return to school; increase investment in facilities and resources to improve grassroots health capacity in order to effectively respond to future pandemics; continue to have policies to support people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the service sector; adopt a policy to stabilize the prices of consumer goods; and have policies to encourage enterprises to invest in plastic waste treatment.
Addressing voters, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized that the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the fourth outbreak with the fast-spreading, strong and complicated Delta variant, had profoundly affected the country's socio-economic aspects; leaving negative impacts on employment, livelihood, and psychology of people, especially workers and the business community.
In that context, the vaccine strategy, including "vaccine diplomacy" work, has received special attention from the Party and State leaders, drastically directing and campaigning to have a free vaccine for the people. Up to now, Vietnam has received 135 million doses of vaccine and is expected to receive over 190 million doses by the end of the year, exceeding the target of 150 million doses set by the Government.
As of 1 p.m. on November 15, the whole country had injected 99 million doses of vaccine, the rate of people over 18 years old having received at least one dose reached over 87%, and two injections were nearly 47%, contributing to a reduction in the mortality rate.
Vietnam has also actively approached, negotiated to import and cooperate in the production of drugs to treat COVID-19 patients; and received support for medical equipment with a total value of more than USD71 million from countries and overseas Vietnamese communities.
Thanks to efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, the socio-economic situation in the past 10 months has seen positive changes, of which industrial production increased by about 3.3%, exports reached nearly USD268 billion (increased by 16.6%), total FDI capital reached USD23.74 billion (up 1.1%); and inflation was controlled at a low level.
The Government has focused on directing and implementing many mechanisms and policies to support people, employees and employers with a total budget of over VND142,000 billion, providing over 137,000 tons of rice to support affected people in 31 provinces and cities./.