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Policy Response, Social Media and Science Journalism for the Sustainability of the Public Health System Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Vietnam Lessons

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Centre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi 100803, Vietnam
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A.I. for Social Data Lab, Vuong & Associates, 3/161 Thinh Quang, Dong Da District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Management and Tourism, Hanoi University, Km9, Nguyen Trai Road, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi 100803, Vietnam
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School of Business, RMIT Vietnam University, Hanoi 100000, Viet Nam
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Sciences Po Paris, 27 Rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris, France
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Vietnam Academy for Ethnic Minorities, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Economics and Finance, Phenikaa University, Yen Nghia Ward, Ha Dong District, Hanoi 100803, Vietnam
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Centre Emile Bernheim, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2931; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12072931
Received: 22 March 2020 / Revised: 4 April 2020 / Accepted: 4 April 2020 / Published: 7 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Public Health System and Sustainability)
Having geographical proximity and a high volume of trade with China, the first country to record an outbreak of the new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Vietnam was expected to have a high risk of transmission. However, as of 4 April 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, with 239 confirmed cases and no fatalities. This study analyzes the situation in terms of Vietnam’s policy response, social media and science journalism. A self-made web crawl engine was used to scan and collect official media news related to COVID-19 between the beginning of January and April 4, yielding a comprehensive dataset of 14,952 news items. The findings shed light on how Vietnam—despite being under-resourced—has demonstrated political readiness to combat the emerging pandemic since the earliest days. Timely communication on any developments of the outbreak from the government and the media, combined with up-to-date research on the new virus by the Vietnamese science community, have altogether provided reliable sources of information. By emphasizing the need for immediate and genuine cooperation between government, civil society and private individuals, the case study offers valuable lessons for other nations concerning not only the concurrent fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but also the overall responses to a public health crisis. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; policy response; social media; science journalism; public health system; Vietnam coronavirus; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; pandemic; policy response; social media; science journalism; public health system; Vietnam
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La, V.-P.; Pham, T.-H.; Ho, M.-T.; Nguyen, M.-H.; P. Nguyen, K.-L.; Vuong, T.-T.; Nguyen, H.-K.T.; Tran, T.; Khuc, Q.; Ho, M.-T.; Vuong, Q.-H. Policy Response, Social Media and Science Journalism for the Sustainability of the Public Health System Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Vietnam Lessons. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2931. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12072931

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La V-P, Pham T-H, Ho M-T, Nguyen M-H, P. Nguyen K-L, Vuong T-T, Nguyen H-KT, Tran T, Khuc Q, Ho M-T, Vuong Q-H. Policy Response, Social Media and Science Journalism for the Sustainability of the Public Health System Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Vietnam Lessons. Sustainability. 2020; 12(7):2931. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12072931

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La, Viet-Phuong, Thanh-Hang Pham, Manh-Toan Ho, Minh-Hoang Nguyen, Khanh-Linh P. Nguyen, Thu-Trang Vuong, Hong-Kong T. Nguyen, Trung Tran, Quy Khuc, Manh-Tung Ho, and Quan-Hoang Vuong. 2020. "Policy Response, Social Media and Science Journalism for the Sustainability of the Public Health System Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Vietnam Lessons" Sustainability 12, no. 7: 2931. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12072931

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