Vietnam praised for swift response and successes in COVID-19 combat hinh anh 1Motorbikes drive past a billboard warning against the coronavirus disease after the government eased nationwide lockdown during the outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Photo: Reuters) 

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has continued wining plaudits from the international community for its response to and results in containing COVID-19 being less wealthy than other nations and territories seen as relatively successful in the fight against the pandemic.

“Like its Asian allies, Vietnam’s swift response was based on a robust pandemic response plan that was forged after recent deadly brushes with other high-risk infectious diseases, including SARS and H5N1,” wrote Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent of The Telegraph.

Last week, Dr John MacArthur, Thailand Country Director for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), praised Vietnam’s response and attributed it to “strong public health systems, the whole-of-government approach” and a huge team of “disease detectives” to carry out contact tracing, he wrote.

Shashank Bengali, a staff writer of the Los Angeles Times quoted Huong Le Thu