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The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines operated five flights on October 5 to transport close to 1,000 medical workers and medical students back to Hanoi. On October 08 Vietnam Airlines flight has brought 130 students of Hanoi Medical University and hundreds of medical workers, who finished their tasks of helping Ho Chi Minh City and southern localities, fight COVID-19, back to Hanoi.

Earlier, these students had suspended their study to go to the southern region in response to the Health Ministry’s appeal. They helped local forces to take samples for COVID-19 testing and care for patients. At present, hundreds of students and doctors of the Hanoi Medical University are still staying in HCM City and Binh Duong to continue pandemic prevention and control efforts.

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As the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines plays an important role in transporting health workers and medical equipment and supplies between provinces and cities. Since the pandemic broke out, the airline has transported over 12,000 medical workers and hundreds of tonnes of medical equipment and vaccines. 

The medical workers and students are from many medical institutions in northern localities such as Hanoi and Cao Bang, Dien Bien, and Thanh Hoa provinces.

The group flew to HCM City in August and September to support the city’s pandemic fight. They worked at temporary COVID-19 treatment hospitals and helped with the collection of samples for testing and other logistics tasks. 

In response to the pandemic, Vietnam Airlines has to date transported nearly 12,000 medical workers and hundreds of tonnes of medical supplies and equipment and vaccines across localities nationwide.