Vietnam Honors Head of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

Vietnam has honored the Chief Programme Officer at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) for her invaluable contribution to the nation in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic with the Friendship Order.

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted separate receptions for Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Gerd Müller and Chief Programme Officer at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Aurélia Nguyen in New York on September 20 (local time), as reported by VNA.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization's Head Honored by Vietnam
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and GAVI Chief Programme Officer Aurélia Nguyen. Photo: VGP

Receiving Aurélia Nguyen, Prime Minister Chinh expressed his gratitude for her support to Vietnam during the most difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic, while being on his trip to attend the high-level week of the UN General Assembly’s 78th session and bilateral activities in the US.

He urged GAVI and Aurélia Nguyen to increase their support for Vietnam in accessing vaccines, improving vaccination strategies, and transferring mRNA vaccine technology.

Aurélia Nguyen expressed her hope to continue cooperating with Vietnam in producing vaccines against common diseases, and she pledged her ongoing support for the country’s vaccination programs.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Chinh presented the Vietnamese State’s Friendship Order to Aurélia Nguyen in recognition of her important support for Covid-19 prevention.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization's Head Honored by Vietnam
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hands the Vietnamese State’s Friendship Order to GAVI Chief Programme Officer Aurélia Nguyen. Photo: VGP

Aurélia Nguyen is a prominent leader in the global field of vaccines, with a French-Vietnamese background and a strong affection for Vietnam. She has been actively supporting Vietnam in preventing Covid-19 through COVAX, providing more than 70 million doses of vaccines.

In the meeting with Gerd Müller, Prime Minister Chinh recognized the UNIDO’s efforts in supporting Vietnam’s strategic breakthroughs in infrastructure, human resources, and institutions, as well as the development of a socialist-oriented market economy.

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization's Head Honored by Vietnam
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Gerd Müller. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Chinh emphasized Vietnam’s determination to build a strong industry, sustainable ecological agriculture, and effective service industries, and requested UNIDO’s support in implementing the country’s industrial development strategy.

Müller acknowledged Vietnam as the most successful model of development and emphasized UNIDO’s commitment to supporting Vietnam in several areas such as energy-saving, decarbonization of industries, food innovation systems, agricultural value chains, and rural industry.

The UNIDO will closely coordinate with Vietnam to approve the national cooperation program for the 2023-2027 period and explore possibilities for trilateral cooperation between Vietnam, UNIDO, and a developing country.

Prime Minister Chinh invited Gerd Müller to visit Vietnam in order to further enhance bilateral cooperation, contributing to Vietnam’s goal of becoming an upper middle-income country with a modern industry by 2030 and a high-income developed country by 2045.

Hannah Nguyen