Prime Minister receives the President of the Institut Pasteur in Paris | Policy
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh proposed that the Institut Pasteur in Paris and the Pasteur network continue to support and coordinate with Vietnam in promoting medical research, especially on COVID-19 and post-COVID issues, as well as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
Receiving Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Institute in ParisIn Hanoi on May 26, Prime Minister Chinh said health care is a traditional area of cooperation and a bright spot in Vietnam-France strategic partnership, saying Vietnam attaches great importance to medical collaboration with France in general and the Institut Pasteur in particular. , thus deepening bilateral relations and making them more efficient and practical.
He thanked France for supporting Vietnam in training personnel for the medical sector, including the French-speaking residency program for doctors which received more than 3,000 Vietnamese doctors to practice in French hospitals, and for providing vaccines and medical equipment to Vietnam to fight COVID-19[feminine].
The Institut Pasteur de Paris has also helped the Instituts Pasteur in Vietnam, in particular thanks to the EUR 405,000 grant, to improve their research, supervision and testing capacities on SARS-CoV-2, he said. noted, adding that the Pasteur Institutes of Vietnam have made important contributions to the development of epidemiology, public health and tropical medicine in the country.
Prime Minister Chinh said Vietnam hopes to receive additional help from the French side to build the capacity of Vietnamese medical personnel by granting more doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships to Vietnamese doctors and medical management officials, while helping Vietnam to promote digital transformation in the healthcare sector to enable the country to conduct medical check-ups and treatments online for patients in remote areas and harness the potential of herbal medicine. Vietnam is also keen to cooperate with France in the field of medical equipment, he added.
As Vietnam is a tropical country with a large and growing population, the country needs the support and cooperation of Institut Pasteur de Paris to implement a fundamental vaccine research and production strategy to proactively respond problems that arise or new outbreaks, he said, describing the region as a key pillar of cooperation between the two sides, with the participation of investors and companies.
For his part, Professor Cole said that Vietnam has a special position for epidemiologists in France and at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, because no other country in the world, even France, has three Pasteur Institutes like Vietnam. . The cooperative activities between the Pasteur Institutes of the two countries in recent years have been extensive and effective based on the good relations between the two countries and the two governments, he said.
In line with the proposals put forward by the Vietnamese leader, he praised Prime Minister Chinh’s vision and views on vaccine strategy to prepare for possible circumstances in the future.
Professor Cole affirmed that the Institut Pasteur de Paris wants and is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Vietnamese side in the medical sector, especially in the exchange and training of human resources, the implementation of joint research and the sharing of research results, particularly in the field of vaccines and the health crisis. care, thus making bilateral medical cooperation more effective and concrete in the service of the life and health of populations./.