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Foreign businesses strive to maintain Vietnam’s production

Ho Chi Minh City is experiencing the worst COVID-19 wave. Foreign businesses are doing all they can to maintain manufacturing operations during this wave.

Foreign businesses’ measures

Intel has vaccinated 71% of its employees in Vietnam, which hosts the company’s largest chip assembly and testing site. Vietnam has “put in place the safety mandates to ensure the safety for people first, which is very good, but [we] also have to keep the business running to maintain Vietnam’s competitiveness,” said Uyen Ho, Intel Vietnam and Malaysia director of public affairs.

Coca-Cola Vietnam has set up tents to house its workers within its premises to prevent contagion. “The company pays about $10 a day extra to workers who live on site. [We] received their written consent so they would know what they were in for,” said Huynh Thi Ngoc Truc, the company’s human resources director. “We need to prepare our people’s mindset for living on site.”

Jonathan Moreno, General Director of Diversatek Vietnam, said recently, the medtech company has moved more than half of its employees to facilities in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City. Diversatek has increased overtime allowances and doubled salaries for employees.

Although Nike doesn’t own a factory in Vietnam, it’s working with many factories of 200 suppliers in Vietnam. Nike Vietnam has worked with the production department to regularly update the situation. It shut down three factories in Dong Nai Province. It also supports partner businesses and workers on good practice in epidemic prevention and maintain production.

Samsung also suspended its factories in Vietnam.

This is the most severe COVID-19 outbreak of Ho Chi Minh City. There have been over 18,000 local cases for more than two months. The city is responding to the 15-day social distancing campaign. Only factories with strict social distancing measures are allowed to operate. These measures include setting up accommodation for workers and conducting regular COVID-19 tests.

Sources of information include NikkeiAsia, Tuoitre, Doanhnghiep&Tiepthi.