Update on Covid Situation in Vietnam

Vietnam is on the steep upward climb of an Omicron wave, with each day bringing a new record high case count. Never before have so many of our members been infected at the same time and the rapid spread is taking quite a toll on families, schools, supply chains, and business operations. Thankfully, nearly all adults are fully vaccinated here and the Prime Minister has ordered everybody over the age of 18 to get their third dose before the end of March. There are, of course, Covid cases requiring serious medical attention and more than 1,100,000 patients are under treatment around the country – six times greater than just three weeks ago. However, if you’ve been vaccinated and boosted, there’s reason to expect your Omicron infection will only cause mild illness. Feeling miserable for a few days is not fun and the exhaustion can last for weeks, but this is what “living with Covid” looks like right now.

Join AmCham on Thursday afternoon for a briefing by Dr. Eric Dziuban, Vietnam Country Director for the US Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Dziuban will discuss the current Covid situation and the outlook going forward as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly around Vietnam.

Dr. Eric Dziuban, serves as Country Director for the US Centers for Disease Control in Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam last May and manages a team of 68 people in Hanoi and HCMC. He most recently served as CDC Country Director in Namibia, advising on Covid-19 planning and emergency response. Dr, Dziuban is also a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Through his professional roles, Dr. Dziuban has contributed to a number of US Government technical guidelines in current use for disease outbreaks or public health emergencies. He is a frequent lecturer and has authored or co-authored over 40 published scientific manuscripts and has received several CDC and Commissioned Corps Officer awards for his work.

Prior to joining U.S. Government service, Dr. Dziuban lived and worked as a physician in Swaziland for Baylor College of Medicine. He continues to maintain board certification as a licensed pediatrician. He received his medical degree at Duke University and completed pediatric residency at the University of Michigan. He was also the first diplomat of the inaugural class at the National School of Tropical Medicine to receive a Diploma in Tropical Medicine.

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