How to adapt to fight the epidemic and restore production

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec20,2023 #epidemic #production
How to adapt to fight the epidemic and restore production 2
How to adapt to fight the epidemic and restore production 2

Since mid-September, Mr. Quang, owner of a wood business in Binh Duong, has prepared resources and labor to resume production from early October after more than a month of interruption due to the epidemic.

Mr. Quang’s business is not the only one waiting for guidance on safe, adaptive production from management agencies.

Workers at Chin Luh Shoe Company Limited (Thuan Dao Industrial Park, Ben Luc), July 2021.

First, the connotation of `living with Covid-19` is not clearly expressed in the draft guidance.

Associations believe that the draft needs to clarify the travel and activity rights of people who have been fully vaccinated or F0s who have been cured (after 180 days) to promote the value of the vaccine campaign.

Currently, some countries have applied the Covid-19 control model with a `green card`, such as in China, people can travel freely if their health code displays green.

Also according to the associations, temporary guidelines for safe, flexible adaptation and effective control of Covid-19 must not give rise to additional business conditions and administrative procedures.

Safety adaptation guidance documents need to be regulated as documents that can be immediately applied to life and have the highest legal value. Localities only propagate and guide businesses so they can understand, but do not have the right to do so.

Local governments are responsible for reviewing the implementation and meeting regulations during business operations, encouraging and supporting them to improve their adaptive capacity, not prohibiting businesses.

To increase trust between government and businesses, the association believes that it is possible to invite a reputable third party to help businesses develop and implement safe production plans.

In addition, instead of considering businesses as subjects subject to management as before, competent authorities should consider them as subjects participating in safety management in the context of epidemics.

Testing, a major expense if you want to maintain operations, are also issues businesses want to comment on in this draft.

The draft guidance stipulates that enterprises organize periodic testing for at least 20% of high-risk workers and all direct service providers to production and business establishments (providing high-risk workers).

Associations propose reducing the minimum testing rate of 20% of high-risk workers to 10% to reduce costs for businesses and the morale of living with a long-term epidemic.

On the other hand, in this evaluation index, businesses also proposed to remove the group of `direct service providers for production and business establishments` from the regulations on self-organizing testing by businesses because this is the main factor.

The requirement for periodic screening tests for at-risk subjects such as drivers, passenger motorcyclists (motorbike taxi drivers), and delivery people (shippers)… is also proposed to be eliminated, because these subjects are mostly

Testing should only be applied according to `probability` and locations such as ports, airports, logistics centers, goods sorting centers, and headquarters of state management agencies providing public services with large numbers of people.

`Instead of requiring businesses to test on a large scale, the guidance should only provide regulations for focused testing in key, high-risk areas to reserve resources for the health sector to care for serious infections.`

To adapt to living with Covid-19, the Associations proposed adding regulations for businesses to take care of F0 themselves at their headquarters or reception areas.

In reality, not all production and business establishments are capable and have on-site medical staff and departments, so this index should be mandatory at the level of industrial zones, clusters, and export processing zones.

Commenting on the draft, Mr. Nguyen Duy Minh, General Secretary of the Vietnam Logistics Service Business Association (VLA), emphasized the need to separate two types of transportation, logistics for production and transportation for the population.

He cited that with transportation in production, the target audience will be factories, industrial parks, export and customs forwarding service providers.

Therefore, he believes that the `safe adaptation to epidemic` guidelines need to separate these two areas when talking about transportation issues and have coordination between management departments to effectively fight the epidemic.

Currently, the comparison between two types of two-wheeled transport and long-distance transport for production, according to him, is biased.

`The green channel QR code regulation was introduced in the early stages and is now outdated, but the transportation side has not abandoned it, so in the draft guidance it continues to be retained. It should have been removed,` he commented.

Green channel QR Code, according to him, is just a route registration that does not mean a guarantee for safe contact.

Accordingly, he believes that the same standards should be applied to the car transport group as the two-wheeled transport group.

Above all, businesses emphasize that the measures proposed in the draft are both to restore domestic production and business and to serve as a foundation for the upcoming international opening process because Vietnam is an open economy.

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