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Former Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long Charged

Former Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long Charged with Corruption During COVID Pandemic



Former Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long Charged with Corruption During COVID Pandemic.

Hanoi, Vietnam – The Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam has filed charges against 38 individuals, including former Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long, for various offenses related to corruption and misconduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charges include “violating bidding regulations with serious consequences,” “embezzlement,” “bribery,” and “abuse of power in the performance of official duties.”

Among those facing charges are Nguyen Thanh Long, the former Minister of Health, and his former secretary, Nguyen Hoang.

Additionally, Nguyen Vi Xuyen, former director of the Hai Duong Provincial Center for Disease Control; Tran Thanh Hung, former director of the Department of Science, Technology, and Environment at the Ministry of Science and Technology; Nguyen Minh Tu, director of the Department of Health Equipment and Engineering at the Ministry of Health; and Nguyen Nam Lien, former director of the Department of Planning and Investment at the Ministry of Health, have all been charged with bribery.

 

Former Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long Charged with Corruption During COVID Pandemic

 

 

Phan Quoc Viet, the CEO of Vinasino Joint Stock Company, and Vo Tinh Ha, the company’s deputy CEO, are facing charges related to “violating bidding regulations with serious consequences” and “bribery.” Meanwhile, former Minister of Science and Technology, Chu Ngoc Anh, has been charged with “violating regulations on the management and use of state assets, causing losses and wastefulness.”

The case also implicates numerous officials from various government departments, as well as directors and medical staff from 24 provincial and municipal disease control centers.

Phan Quoc Viet has been identified as the organizer and leader of the alleged corrupt activities. In early 2020, as the global COVID-19 pandemic was spreading, Vietnam faced a shortage of testing capabilities and heavily relied on nucleic acid test kits donated by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, placing immense pressure on pandemic control efforts.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Science and Technology approved a research project for the development of nucleic acid test kits, conducted jointly by the Military Medical Academy of Vietnam and Vinasino Joint Stock Company.

It was found that the issuance of temporary and official circulation registration certificates for COVID-19 nucleic acid test kits by the Ministry of Health was irregular. Moreover, there were indications of unlawful negotiations between the Ministry of Health and Vinasino Joint Stock Company regarding the pricing of these test kits.

 

In the course of this case, Vinasino Joint Stock Company is alleged to have provided a total of $3.45 million USD and 4 billion Vietnamese dong in bribes to the implicated individuals.

 

 

 

 

Former Vietnamese Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long Charged with Corruption During COVID Pandemic

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