The Current Outbreak: Covid & Vaccine Update

Authorities continue to test, contact trace, and isolate large numbers of people as the country battles a fast spreading outbreak that began on April 27. The majority of the reported cases are in Bac Giang and Bac Ninh, two provinces dense with industrial zones where more than 500,000 people live, eat, and work in close proximity to each other. There are also large numbers of cases in HCMC and Hanoi, leading authorities to further restrict activity and movement. Of additional concern, Vietnam’s Minister of Health reported discovery of a new Covid-19 variant last weekend which spreads quickly by air and is a combination of the Indian and British strains. AmCham invites members to join a virtual briefing on Friday morning with infectious disease expert Dr. Todd Pollack for an update on the current situation and what it means for safety, mobility, and business activity as we enter the summer season.

About the guest speaker:

Dr. Todd Pollack is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Infectious Diseases specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Country Director of the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam which is a Harvard University program with a mission to improve healthcare in Vietnam.

He received his MD from Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For more than ten years, Dr. Pollack has worked to strengthen the capacity of the public health system in Vietnam. He serves as technical advisor to the Vietnam Ministry of Health in the areas of HIV, infectious diseases, and medical education. His work is supported by grants from the US CDC and USAID and he was awarded a grant last year to prepare health workers and hospitals in Vietnam for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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