The rapid spread of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the production capacity in Vietnam’s industrial northern provinces. These regions are home to members of Apple’s supply chain and the South Korean smartphone maker Samsung, along with several other technology companies.
As Vietnam struggles to contain the virus, the nation is now asking members of the Apple supply chain and Samsung to find COVID-19 vaccines for workers at their factories in addition to the vaccines issued by the government.
Vietnam asks Apple suppliers and Samsung to secure COVID-19 vaccines for workers
Members of Apple’s supply chain in Vietnam are struggling with an uptick in coronavirus cases in the country. In an effort to grapple with the surge of new cases, the government is supplying vaccines and asking firms to secure their own supplies where possible.
As reported by Bloomberg, the government asked Samsung and other companies to secure the vaccines required by their workers. head of the industrial park management board in the northern province of Bac Ninh, Bui Hoang Mai, said: “The government is encouraging companies to find Covid-19 vaccines for their workers.”
Authorities in Bac Ninh have ordered factories to set up on-site sleeping arrangements and put in place other procedures, to ensure that facilities can continue running while containing the virus. Earlier in the week, a source working at one of the Apple supplier factories said that the company had split its workforce over two shifts, calling this a “temporary solution, for maybe two weeks.” This was done to avoid the supply chain being disrupted by a complete factory shutdown.
In nearby Bac Giang province, where factories of the Cupertino tech giant and Samsung suppliers are also situated, government officials are in the process of helping factoring reopen after they were closed as four industrial parks.
Bac Ninh and Bac Giang are the provinces with the two highest community infection cases from April 27th to May 30 in Vietnam. The country’s health ministry has sent 200,000 vaccine doses each for Bac Ninh and Bac Giang workers to be administered within a week.