June 30, 2021

Update on EuroCham’s Work during COVID-19

Vietnam is now more than two months into the fourth wave of COVID-19. Ever since the start of this latest outbreak, EuroCham has been working hard on behalf of our members, their business interests, and their families.

Since the launch of our mass vaccination campaign in May we have met with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, the Vice-Minister of Health, and the Central Commission for External Relations as well as hosted a webinar with EuroCham leaders and FV Hospital who provided updates on the logistics and distribution of vaccines, attracting over 400 attendees. In all these meetings, and in our correspondence with the government, we have been pushing the following five priorities:

1.   Prioritizing vaccinations: In our meeting last week with the Vice-Minister of Health, EuroCham pushed for a wider range of people to be included in the list of those prioritized for Vietnam’s first wave of vaccinations. We argued that those working in pharmacies, for medical device companies, and others who come into regular contact with potentially infected people or healthcare workers and facilities should also be prioritised; along with those in ports who are essential to economic growth.

2.   Easing quarantine: EuroCham continues to push for reduced quarantine requirements for European business leaders, investors, experts – and their families – who have been vaccinated in their home countries. Reducing the length of quarantine for our vaccinated members remains one of EuroCham’s top priorities. And we will continue to advocate for more proportionate measures – such as a one-week quarantine – to mitigate the damage of travel restrictions on our member companies.

3.   Vaccine procurement: Procuring vaccines is mainly a government-to-government affair. However, EuroCham is doing all it can to support the government to source vaccinations. We have spoken with all western vaccine suppliers, discussed possible vaccination sites with the local authorities in HCMC, and also made enquiries about the possible cost of doses. We also convened a meeting with our Member State embassies to ask them to help push Vietnam to the top of the list when our governments in Europe are donating vaccines abroad. And we encourage all our members to mobilize the support of their headquarters in Europe so that we have a united voice on this. We can be proud that the European Union and our Member States are big contributors to the international COVAX program. But there is more that could be done.

4.   Vietnam’s vaccination fund: EuroCham has emphasized that European companies need reassurance that this fund will be transparent. Our members have given generous and substantial support to Vietnam through this pandemic and will continue to do so. But we want to know where these donations will go and what the financial contributions will be used for.

5.   Distribution and logistics: We have offered the support of our member companies – not just in healthcare but also in transportation and logistics – to help Vietnam implement a mass vaccination program. This will be more successful if it is a true partnership between the government and the private sector and we have highlighted the willingness of our members to help the government deliver this.

These proposals have all received warm feedback in our recent meetings with the authorities. We expect to receive further positive news soon on these matters and – as ever – we will continue to keep our members updated.

This article is just a snapshot of the work we are doing to support European business during these difficult times. We will continue this work in the coming weeks, and keep members informed about how our campaign is progressing to accelerate vaccinations, ease quarantine requirements, and get back to business as usual.

In the meantime, please continue to join our webinars and follow our social media pages for the latest news on COVID-19 and EuroCham’s activities on this important topic. You should also have received a questionnaire this week regarding the level of support for companies covering the cost of vaccinating their own workers. Please help us to complete this questionnaire as it will support our ongoing work on behalf of our members.

More News

See all

July 12, 2024

Cautious optimism, but administrative bottlenecks remain a stumbling block: EuroCham Vietnam’s Q2 Business Confidence Index survey

Read more

July 12, 2024

EuroCham’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Sector Committee contributes to Business Dialogue Conference in Da Nang

Read more

July 12, 2024

Celebrating One Year of the EuroCham Construction Sector Committee

Read more

July 12, 2024

EuroCham brings valuable insights to Green and Clean Energy Towards Net Zero Forum

Read more

July 12, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam and our Green Growth Sector Committee champion circular economy at national dialogue with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Read more

July 11, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam participates in Hung Yen Province’s masterplan announcement ceremony

Read more

July 11, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam promotes upcoming Green Economy Forum & Exhibition (GEFE) 2024 at Solar & Storage Live Vietnam 2024

Read more

July 05, 2024

DPPA decree signed: a major step forward for green growth in Vietnam

Read more

July 05, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam’s Brussels mission: strengthening Europe-Vietnam ties

Read more

July 05, 2024

Vietnam’s Personal Data Protection Decree: Challenges and Opportunities – Insights from our Digital Sector Committee 

Read more

June 28, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam champions members’ interests in high-level EU-ASEAN Business Mission to Hanoi

Read more

June 28, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam bids farewell to former chairman Gabor Fluit at special reception hosted by Dutch Consul General

Read more

June 28, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam Secretary General Marieke Van der Pijl outlines EU Green Deal impact on Vietnam’s textile industry at sustainability conference

Read more

June 28, 2024

EuroCham Medical Devices and Diagnostics Sector Committee meets with the Ministry of Health’s Infrastructure and Medical Device Administration

Read more

June 28, 2024

[CORPORATE PARTNER] BASF Vietnam embraces ‘Future of Work’ approach and sustainability with new office at Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City

Read more

June 28, 2024

[Sector Committee Spotlight] Sustainable Finance Sector Committee

Read more

June 28, 2024

EuroCham highlights Trade Facilitation at Customs-Business Dialogue with Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department

Read more

June 21, 2024

[Work @ EuroCham] GREEN GROWTH SECTOR COMMITTEE & SUSTAINABLE FINANCE SECTOR COMMITTEE INTERN – based in Hanoi

Read more

June 21, 2024

EuroCham discusses ESG reporting at Ho Chi Minh City Economic Forum 2024 seminar

Read more

June 21, 2024

EuroCham 2024 Business Awards – Guidelines for EuroCham Direct Member Nominations

Read more

June 21, 2024

[Corporate Partner] Sanofi Vietnam inaugurated the new world-class headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City

Read more

June 14, 2024

[Work @ EuroCham – CROPLIFE VIETNAM] COMMUNICATIONS & STEWARDSHIP SPECIALIST

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham’s Green Growth Sector Committee drives sustainability dialogue at “ESG: From Ideas to Action” workshop

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam and EU Chamber of Commerce in China shed light on China+1

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham and HCMC leaders meet to drive green economy initiatives at GEFE 2024

Read more

June 14, 2024

EuroCham welcomes IMF Delegation to discuss Vietnam’s economic landscape

Read more

June 10, 2024

EuroCham attends Vietnam Sourcing Expo 2024

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham Vietnam Executive Director participates in annual EBO Worldwide Network meeting in Brussels

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham voices business community priorities at key economic meeting with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)

Read more

June 07, 2024

EuroCham advocates for robust personal data protection as Vietnam shapes Data Protection Law

Read more

Pour une expérience optimale, veuillez tenir votre mobile à la verticale !

Platinum Partners

Gold Premium Partners

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Premium Service Partners