Viet Nam has shown 'strong leadership vision' in leading regional collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nation has timely shifted the agenda to disease prevention with effective proposals and initiatives.
In addition, it was in the spotlight in the fight against COVID-19 and was praised by the international community.
In early 2020, ASEAN coped with the biggest threat since its formulation in 1967 as the member states imposed travel restrictions in a bid to prevent importation of COVID-19 but still sustained cooperation.
As the ASEAN Chair for 2020, Viet Nam cooperated with other ASEAN member states to pursue the 'dual goals' of combating the COVID-19 pandemic and building the bloc's community.
A remarkable event was the organization of the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 initiated by Viet Nam, during which the regional leaders agreed on the establishment of the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund.
ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi highlighted that Viet Nam has shown 'strong leadership vision' in leading regional collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Viet Nam also emerged as a success story in the fight against COVID-19. Despite inadequate resources, the country has pursued an effective strategy that incorporated drastic responses made by the Government and a high sense of responsibility upheld by the people.