AmCham Vietnam conducted a flash survey of our members May 28-31 to inform our discussions with Vietnamese government authorities, as well as with U.S. Mission officials. We made clear that AmCham Vietnam had no special access to vaccines.
The results were clear. AmCham Vietnam members surveyed are willing to pay the costs of vaccinating their employees (93%). Most are willing to contribute towards the costs of vaccinating the general population in Vietnam (66%). And they believe reduced quarantine procedures for vaccinated individuals would improve their company’s ability to invest and operate in Vietnam.
These figures were even higher for senior Executives/CEOs surveyed (97%, 76%, and 95%, respectively).
AmCham members stressed the urgent need to secure adequate supplies of proven vaccines to ensure health and safety of workers, maintain continuity of business operations, facilitate investment, and promote economic recovery. They recommended requesting the U.S. Government to make available surplus vaccine supplies for Vietnam – generally, for American companies/supply chains, and American citizens.
They stressed the need for clarity and transparency on when and how vaccines will become available. They also expressed their desire to support vaccines for their employees in an equitable way, that doesn’t take away from higher risk/priority groups, as well as willingness to support vaccines for employee family members and the broader community. They expressed a clear preference for separate contributions/funds that comply with FCPA guidelines: one for vaccinating employees; and one as a charitable contribution for the general public. And they expressed willingness of the private sector to partner both on financing and on what will be a complex distribution process.
They stated that a reduction in quarantine times for those vaccinated would improve Vietnam’s business and investment climate result, noting that many expansion plans can’t go forward with current procedures.
Click HERE to view survey findings with summary of comments.