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“Join hands in COVID-19 prevention and control” stamp set unveils in Vietnam

COVID-19, known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019, is spreading with complexity impacts. On 11 February 2020, International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) named officially this virus corona SARS-CoV-2. In the night of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic on 11 March 2020.

Design of stamp set

Virus SARS-CoV-2 spread quickly in the world, at this time, there is still not any vaccine to prevent and control this virus.

Viet Nam Government has taken efforts and strong measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. To raise people’s awareness and responsibility nationwide, Viet Nam Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Vietnam Post issued the stamp set “Join hands in COVID-19 Prevention and Control” on 31 March 2020.

The stamp set include 02 designs with symbolic images based on electron micrographs. The first stamp design with a face value of 4,000 dong shows images of medical, military and security professionals as frontline fighters of the coronavirus outbreak. They are the shields to protect the safety of the nation and the people health. Each person carries out a mission and a heart to join hands in the pandemic prevention and control. Their frontline silent sacrifices bring strength, trust and motivation for Vietnamese people to unify and overcome difficulties for a happy, safe and healthy life.

The second stamp design with the face value of 15,000 dong shows the images of Vietnam doctors with their supreme mission and great efforts to study to find out the best treatment methods to cure timely infected patients and the vaccine to fight COVID-19.

The stamp set “Join hands in COVID-19 prevention and control” with stamp size of 31 x 46 (mm) was designed by designer Pham Trung Ha (Vietnam Post). This stamp set was distributed to 63 province and city posts and circulated in 192 nations and territories in the Universal Post Union (UPU). A part from this stamp set issue, Vietnam Post also introduced products with same topics, including FDC envelopes, postcards, communication stamps…

The stamp set is distributed on public postal network from 31 March 2020 to 31 December 2021.

The stamp set issued in the context of COVID-19 outbreak conveys a meaningful message in the community, it shows the responsibility and decision of Vietnam to work together with the global and regional countries to fight COVID-19.

To date, three countries have initiated with stamp designs on COVID-19 prevention and control. Iran issued a new stamp on virus corona 17 March 2020, China will issue a stamp set with two designs in April 2020 and Sri Lanka will issue a stamp set with one design with symbol of the World Health Organization (WHO).