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Policy response, social media and science journalism for the sustainability of the public health system amid COVID-19 outbreak: The Vietnam lessons


  • Viet-Phuong La
  • Thanh-Hang Pham
  • Manh Toan Ho
  • Minh Hoang Nguyen
  • Nguyen Phuc Khanh Linh
  • Thu-Trang Vuong
  • Hong Kong To Nguyen
  • Manh-Tung Ho
  • Quan-Hoang Vuong


With the geographic proximity and high volume of trade with China, Vietnam was expected to have a high risk of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, to date [mid-March 2020], in comparison to attempts to containing the disease around the world, responses from Vietnam are seen as prompt and effective in protecting the interests of its citizens. This study analyzes the situation in terms of Vietnam’s policy response, social media, and science journalism. It contributes valuable lessons for other nations in the concurrent fight against the COVID-19 pandemic via fostering genuine cooperation between government, civil society, and private individuals.

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  • Viet-Phuong La & Thanh-Hang Pham & Manh Toan Ho & Minh Hoang Nguyen & Nguyen Phuc Khanh Linh & Thu-Trang Vuong & Hong Kong To Nguyen & Manh-Tung Ho & Quan-Hoang Vuong, 2020. "Policy response, social media and science journalism for the sustainability of the public health system amid COVID-19 outbreak: The Vietnam lessons," Working Papers CEB 20-005, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:sol:wpaper:2013/303448

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    Coronavirus; COVID-19; Pandemic; Policy Response; Social Media; Science Journalism; Public Health System; Vietnam;
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    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters and their Management; Global Warming

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