Vietnam Latest News on 22/07/2021

Vietnam, UK strengthen defense ties

22/07/2021 18:11

Vietnam supports a stronger UK-ASEAN linkage, including in the field of military-defense.

Vietnam and the UK will take steps to strengthen defense ties in efforts to contribute to the bilateral strategic partnerships.

Giang requested his counterpart to support Vietnam’s Defense Ministry to gain access to Covid-19 vaccines.

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Deputy PM asks for seriously punishing brokers for illegal fishing overseas

22/07/2021 11:48

The Ministry of Public Security has been asked to seriously punish individuals and organisations working as brokers to bring Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen to overseas waters to illegally exploit aquatic resources.

It was directed by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh, head of the National Steering Committee on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Prevention and Control, in document No.198/TB-VPCP issued by the Government Office on July 21.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, the Vietnam Fisheries Society, and fisheries enterprises must seriously follow regulations on IUU fishing prevention, as well as stay away from buying, processing or exporting products with IUU fishing origin./.

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Flights reduced between Hà Nội and several southern localities

22/07/2021 10:31

HÀ NỘI — There will only be two round trip passenger flights a day between Hà Nội and HCM City from midnight of Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has announced.

All passenger flights between the capital and Cần Thơ, and between Hà Nội and Phú Quốc Island will be suspended under the new restrictions.

All passengers must show documents certifying they test negative for SARS-CoV-2 as requested by the Health Ministry. — VNS

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Indonesia expands entry restrictions for foreign workers over COVID-19

22/07/2021 09:58

Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has said foreign workers involved in the national strategic projects starting July 21 are not allowed to enter the country, as the government has expanded restrictions to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Foreign workers who previously came as part of a national strategic project, or for reasons of family union, can no longer enter Indonesia, Laoly noted.

As of July 21, the country had recorded 2,983,830 cases, including 2,356,553 recoveries and 77,583 deaths./.

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First batch of Sputnik V vaccine produced in Vietnam

21/07/2021 19:57

VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on July 21 announced the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in Vietnam.

According to VABIOTECH, the made-in-Vietnam Sputnik V vaccine will be used in the national immunisation programme after the technology transfer is completed and it goes through quality control by Gamaleya Center, the Russian research institute that develops the Sputnik V vaccine.

President of VABIOTECH Do Tuan Dat said he hopes the cooperation between the RDIF and his firm will help provide quality and affordable COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries./.

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Children's classic books re-published

22/07/2021 18:19

NDO - Classic books that have entertained many generations of readers are being brought back by the Kim Dong Publishing House with a new look, more suitable to modern readers.

“Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The Autobiography of a Horse”, “The Jungle Book” and four classic works of Gianni Rodari: “The Blue Arrow”, “The Adventures of the Little Onion”, “Gelsomino in the Country of Liars” and “The Cake in the Sky” were introduced by Kim Dong Publishing House to readers this summer, through new translations and a more youthful and closer expression.

Gianni Rodari is the most famous Italian children's author of the 20th century. His work has been translated into many languages around the world and won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970.

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Manulife Vietnam launches innovative new personal virtual assistant for agents

22/07/2021 11:38

MaxX D is set to revolutionize how Manulife Vietnam’s 57,000 agents work by enhancing their productivity and the customer experience.

Manulife Vietnam continues to pioneer the transformation of the life insurance industry with the launch of its new MaxX D mobile application, offering an all-in-one digital solution that acts as a personal virtual assistant for agents.

The MaxX D app is now available for Manulife Vietnam agents to download via the App Store and Google Play.

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Vietnam pledges to check procedures after South Korean death

22/07/2021 19:39

The man was treated at Cho Ray Hospital, one of the leading hospitals in Vietnam.

Vietnam said it would double check ralated protocols and work closely with foreign diplomatic representations to avoid deaths like the one happened to a South Korean national.

“We affirm that the Vietnamese government always ensures healthcare for foreigners in Vietnam, including South Koreans, especially in the current context of the complicated Covid-19 pandemic,” Hang said.

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Hanoi: All returnees from pandemic-hit areas quarantined at dedicated facilities

22/07/2021 09:49

Hanoi started quarantining all people returning from pandemic-hit areas in dedicated facilities from July 22 as an effort to control the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh’s latest dispatch.

The dispatch noted that in the past few days, there were still people who failed to follow pandemic prevention and control measures and large gatherings occurred in some places. Every day, thousands of people from other localities return to the city, carrying the risk of infection in the community.

Meanwhile, localities continue to welcome citizens back from Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces who will be put under concentrated quarantine upon arrival. Bamboo Airways has announced to provide free flights to serve passengers wishing to return home./.

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HCMC faces daily shortage of 10,000 pigs

22/07/2021 21:00

HCMC is encountering shortages of some 10,000 pigs, 400,000 eggs and 1,500 tons of fresh vegetables a day, according to the agriculture ministry. -

The shortages of eggs and vegetables are expected to be solved in the next few days, a working group of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated Wednesday.

The agriculture ministry’s working group said it would continue to connect with cooperatives and businesses to re-establish agricultural product supply chains in affected cities and provinces.

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Vietnam confirms 2,965 new local Covid cases

22/07/2021 06:51

The Ministry of Health announced 2,965 more Covid-19 community transmissions Thursday morning, raising the ongoing coronavirus wave's tally to 67,422. -

Of the new patients, 2,433 were recorded in Ho Chi Minh City while its two neighbors Long An and Binh Duong got 233 and 64, respectively.

It has vaccinated more than 4.36 million, or 4.5 percent of the population, against the new coronavirus, but only 324,955 have received two doses.

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[Interactive] Updates on COVID-19

22/07/2021 17:19

The fourth wave of COVID-19 since April 27, 2021 is the most severe outbreak in Vietnam so far, taking a heavy toll on the economy, society, and people’s lives. Aside from demanding serious application of the 5K principle, the Government has issued many strong measures against the pandemic.

The fourth wave of COVID-19 has been happening on a large scale and increasingly unpredictable as it has spread to more than 50 cities and provinces.

As many as 11,971 COVID-19 patients were given all-clear as of 6:00 am on July 22, 2021, according to the Ministry of Health.

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Inter-Mekong Delta expressway to be shortened

22/07/2021 19:58

An expressway linking Mekong Delta capital Can Tho City with Ca Mau Province will be 31 kilometers shorter than projected. -

According to the new plan, the expressway will run from Can Tho through Kien Giang Province instead of Soc Trang Province before reaching Ca Mau, the southernmost province in Vietnam.

Lawmakers and officials have been saying for years the lack of infrastructural connectivity between Ho Chi Minh City and numerous Mekong Delta provinces was proving to be a development bottleneck for the region.

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Reduced insurance premiums for 11.2 million workers

22/07/2021 08:00

HÀ NỘI — More than 11.2 million employees, working at 375,000 businesses in the country, have received a reduction in their insurance premiums for occupational accidents and diseases, worth about VNĐ4.3 trillion (US$187.6 million), according to Việt Nam Social Security.

The financial support is part of a support package for people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, worth VNĐ26 trillion (US$1.1 billion) issued by the Government.

This is part of implementing Resolution No 68/NQ-CP dated July 1, 2021 and the Decision No 23/QĐ-Ttg dated July 7, 2021. — VNS

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Vietnam to receive 3 mln Moderna doses this weekend

22/07/2021 18:49

Three million Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses would arrive in Vietnam Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Thursday. -

"Three million Moderna vaccine doses supplied by the U.S. under the Covax facility are expected to arrive in Vietnam on July 25," ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet.

As of Thursday, more than 4.36 million people, or 4.5 percent of the population, have received at least one coronavirus vaccine shot. Only 324,955 have been fully vaccinated.

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World Bank to support 600 Vietnamese SMEs in digital transformation

22/07/2021 17:23

NDO - The World Bank has launched a programme to support 600 Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to apply technological solutions to enhance their productivity and competitiveness.

Such enterprises will be given free training on using copyrighted software and organising their resources.

RTA is a developer of solutions to assist in corporate management, market research, socio-economic surveying, paperless operation and automated administration.

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Binh Duong drug rehab center reports 500 positive coronavirus cases

22/07/2021 10:26

Mass testing has found 506 inmates and staff at Bo La Drug Rehabilitation Center in Binh Duong Province positive for the novel coronavirus. -

The rehab center is managed by the Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs but is placed in Phuoc Hoa Commune in Phu Giao District of Binh Duong that borders HCMC.

In the ongoing Covid-19 wave that broke out in Vietnam in late April, HCMC has recorded 43,776 cases and been for weeks the nation’s epicenter, while Binh Duong has got 4,753 infections.

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Overheated stock market poses risks for Vietnam long-term growth: Experts

22/07/2021 14:47

It remains unclear whether the rise of the stock market benefits enterprises and supports growth.

At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic continues causing multiple setbacks in the economy, the rapid rise of the local stock market is raising questions over its sustainability and impacts on long-term economic growth.

“Price bubbles in markets such as gold, securities, and real estate would eventually burst when the demand side is unable to keep up with the supply,” he added.

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Việt Nam chairs meeting on UNCLOS’ role in sustainable sea, ocean preservation

22/07/2021 11:50

NEW YORK — The Permanent Mission of Việt Nam to the United Nations (UN) chaired an online meeting of the Group of Friends on the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on July 21.

The event's theme highlights the importance of the UNCLOS in the fulfillment of UN Sustainable Development Goal No.14 (SDG 14) on conservation and sustainable use of seas and oceans.

Founded on June 30, 2021 under the initiative of 12 countries, including Việt Nam, Germany and others, the group now comprises 107 UN member states, including five permanent members of the UN Security Council and others in Southeast Asia. — VNS

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Russia sells arms worth over EUR1 bln at aerospace show

22/07/2021 20:53

The Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport announced on Thursday it has signed contracts worth over EUR1billion (US$1.18 billion) during the ongoing MAKS aerospace show.

Rosoboronexport signed 13 deals on the sidelines of the MAKS-2021 for the supply of Russian military products, including Su-30SME aircraft, Mi-35M and Mi-17V5 helicopters, modern aerial weapons and armored vehicles, said the company's Director General Alexander Mikheev.

During the aerospace show, Russia unveiled a prototype of its fifth-generation lightweight single-engine fighter jet "Checkmate," which mainly targets foreign buyers.

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Southeast Asian nations

22/07/2021 21:48

Indonesia's total cases of COVID-19 have surpassed 3 million since the first infection was detected in the country in March last year.

The Indonesian Health Ministry reported on July 22 that the coronavirus cases across the country rose by 49,509 within the past 24 hours to 3,033,339.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 25 of the new cases are imported and 13,009 are local transmissions.

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Teacher's song for Sài Gòn goes viral

22/07/2021 08:31

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Among dozens of songs featuring the pandemic and its consequences, Sài Gòn Tôi Sẽ (My Sài Gòn Will…) by English teacher Nguyễn Thái Dương has won the hearts of millions of people throughout the country and even people abroad.

“When the learners find it easy, they want to continue,” he said. “When I see them happy, I’m happy, too.”

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HCMC expects to discharge 1,000 Covid-19 patients per day

22/07/2021 13:54

With the current treatment capacity, about 1,000 Covid-19 patients will be released from hospitals daily, a HCMC health official said. -

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s current Covid-19 epicenter, currently operates 35 Covid-19 hospitals that offer more than 59,000 beds, including 13 field hospitals.

After staying at a hospital for a week, patients would be tested, and if the result is negative or shows a low viral concentration, be sent home two days later. Once at home, all patients would be monitored and must follow health authority guidance and be tested twice more.

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Economy expected to top ASEAN until next year

22/07/2021 12:13

NDO - The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is becoming increasingly complex, is expected to continue creating a grey economic picture in the region. However, Vietnam is still believed to be a leader in regional economic growth, despite some risks remaining.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just lowered Vietnam's economic growth projection for this year from 6.7% in April 2021 to 5.8% its freshly-released Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021 Supplement: Renewed Outbreaks and Divergent Recoveries.

However, Dhiraj Nim and Khoon Goh, economists at ANZ, commented "We remain constructive on Vietnam as far as its regional standing goes. Amid a broader resurgence of the pandemic in Asia, Vietnam's growth prospects still look better in a relative sense. After averting contraction in 2020, its expected pace of recovery in 2021 implies that it will be among one of the first economies to narrow, or even close, its negative output gap in the region. In addition, the medium-term prospects are solid, amid expectations of rising exports and foreign direct investment."

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Vietnam sees record daily rise with 6,194 new COVID-19 cases

22/07/2021 19:55

A total of 6,194 new COVID-19 infections, including 6,164 domestic and 30 imported cases, were detected on July 22, the largest ever number in a single day.

It brings the national tally to 74,371, including 72,242 locally-transmitted and 2,129 imported cases, since the first positive patient emerged in January last year.

The total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 has now reached nearly 4.4 million. Of those, 4,042,984 million have received one shot and 324,955 people fully got two jabs./.

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HCMC-Hanoi flights hit further by Covid threat

22/07/2021 11:27

The government has decided to further reduce the number of daily flights between HCMC and Hanoi to two from Thursday and allow only 200 passengers. -

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said the decision follows the worsening of the Covid-19 situation in the capital.

Vietnam has had 67,422 cases since the fourth wave began in April.

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Decree amends regulations on cross-border advertising activities in Vietnam

22/07/2021 16:00

Advertising service providers inside and outside the country engaging in cross-border advertising activities in Vietnam must abide by regulations on advertisement, cybersecurity, as well as management, provision and use of Internet services and online information, and must pay tax in line with tax-related laws, according to a new Government decree.

Decree No. 70/2021/ND-CP gives amendments and supplements to a number of articles of Decree No. 181/2013/ND-CP dated April 14, 2013 providing details on the implementation of a number of articles of Law on Advertising, including adjustments relating to the provision of cross-border advertising service in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Decree 70 also gives supplements to regulations on the responsibility in management of activities providing cross-border advertising services. Accordingly, the MIC will receive reports on violations on cross-border advertising activities from other ministries, sectors and localities. It will then send requests on violation settlement to foreign organisations and individuals providing cross-border advertising services.

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Additional 2,967 COVID-19 cases confirmed

22/07/2021 08:16

VGP - The Ministry of Health confirmed two imported cases and 2,965 domestic infection cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning, raising the national caseload to 71,144.

The domestic cases are residents in 18 localities including HCMC (2,433), Long An (233), Binh Duong (64), Dong Nai (53), Tien Giang (41), Vinh Long (38), Ben Tre (28), Da Nang (27), An Giang (15), Kien Giang (10), Hau Giang (5), Binh Phuoc (5), Hai Phong (3), Can Tho (3), Ha Noi (2), Son La (2), Quang Binh (2) and Thua-Thien Hue (1). Of these, 2,784 were uncovered at quarantine camps or lockdown areas.

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WB to support 600 Vietnamese SMEs

22/07/2021 16:46

About 600 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam will get support in applying technology solutions to improve labour productivity and their competitiveness as part of a project launched on July 22 by the World Bank (WB).

The project, which will be implemented by the WB in collaboration with Real-Time Analytics (RTA), a research consulting and technology development firm, aims to assist Vietnamese SMEs in the digital transformation process.

When businesses adopt these tools, they can improve communication and coordination among employees, as well as have more efficient administrative and business planning processes, thus better serve customers, increase labour productivity, sales and profits, he said./.

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5,357 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday

21/07/2021 20:02

HÀ NỘI — A further 5,343 domestic cases of COVID-19 were reported in Việt Nam on Wednesday, as well as 14 imported cases that were quarantined upon arrival.

There are 123 patients being treated in intensive care. A further 18 are in a critical condition and being treated with ECMO.

The national tally overall of COVID-19 cases has reached 68,177, including 66,078 domestic cases and 2,099 imported cases. — VNS

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Malaysia slaps anti-dumping duties on steel coil products from Vietnam, China

22/07/2021 16:52

The Malaysian government has imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of pre-painted, painted or colour coated steel coil originated or exported from China and Vietnam, Bernama news agency reported.

In a statement released on July 21, the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry said the decision was made after the completion of an administrative review initiated on January 22, based on a petition filed by CSC Steel Sdn Bhd on behalf of the domestic industry.

The ministry said the decision was taken in accordance with the Countervailing and Anti-dumping Duties Act 1993 and the Countervailing and Anti-dumping Duties Regulation 1994./.

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500 found to have Covid at Binh Duong drug rehab center

22/07/2021 10:26

Mass testing for Covid-19 at the Bo La Drug Rehabilitation Center in Binh Duong Province found 506 inmates and staff infected. -

The center is managed by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs but is situated in Phuoc Hoa Commune in the neighboring province’s Phu Giao District.

In the current Covid wave that broke out in late April, HCMC has had 43,776 cases and become the nation’s epicenter, Binh Duong has reported 4,753 cases.

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VTV to screen Tokyo Olympics for free

22/07/2021 15:43

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam Television (VTV) and its partners have won the television rights to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Việt Nam, VTV has announced.

VTV said it was working with its partners in preparation for screening the games and would make viewing schedules available as soon as possible.

The Vietnamese sports delegation taking part in the Tokyo Olympics consists of 43 members, including 18 athletes competing in 11 competitions. — VNS

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Da Nang bans delivery, ride-hailing services amid Covid surge

22/07/2021 12:48

Da Nang has banned delivery and ride-hailing services from noon Thursday and urged people not to go out unnecessarily amid a rise in Covid-19 incidence. -

The people's committee said people should only go out for essential purposes like official work, buying food or medicine and other emergencies and stay at least two meters apart from each other and not more than two should gather in in public.

On Wednesday the central city took samples from over 56,300 people and found 28 infected.

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Samsung Electronics named the top brand in Asia for tenth consecutive year

22/07/2021 18:25

HÀ NỘI — Samsung Electronics Company Ltd, has been named the number one brand in Campaign Asia-Pacific and NielsenIQ’s ‘Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands 2021’ study. This is the 10th consecutive year in which Samsung has been voted by consumers in the region as their top brand in the annual research conducted across 14 markets in Asia-Pacific.

Asia’s Top 1,000 Brands is a consumer opinion survey that quantitatively measures brand preference in 15 product/service categories. Brands that emerge on the list are those who have succeeded in earning positive mindshare as being most trusted and well-loved by consumers.

The study encompasses 15 major categories including alcohol; apparel and accessories; automotive; beverages; consumer electronics; delivery; financial services; food; home appliances; household and personal care; media and telecommunications; restaurants; retail; sports & entertainment; and transport, travel and leisure. Within these major categories there are 80 sub-categories. — VNS

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Vietnamese weightlifters set the bar for Olympic medals

22/07/2021 07:04

Weightlifting is Vietnam's biggest Olympic hope this year, with Thach Kim Tuan and Hoang Thi Duyen going all out for medals. -

In the past, Vietnamese weightlifting won one silver medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics and one bronze at London 2012, both in the men's 56 kg category. Tuan had started his career in this weight class. But when the International World Federation removed this class and replaced it with 55 kilograms, Tuan decided to move up to the 61 kg segment.

Tuan will compete on July 25 and Duyen on the 27th.

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'Shark Tank' US judge wants to invest more in Vietnam

22/07/2021 10:30

Kevin Harrington, an original 'shark' on Shark Tank U.S., and two Vietnamese entrepreneurs gave their success formulas for investing in startups in Nguy Co talkshow. -

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Ministry wants HCMC wholesale markets reopened

22/07/2021 11:50

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on HCMC authorities to reopen the city's three wholesale markets to increase food supply. -

Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon markets, which have been closed for over two weeks after Covid-19 infections were discovered there, should be listed among "essential businesses" that are allowed to open during the social distancing period, it said.

HCMC has recorded nearly 43,800 Covid-19 cases since April 27, when the latest wave began.

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Vietnam produces test batch of Sputnik V vaccine

22/07/2021 20:43

VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on July 21 announced the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in Vietnam.

According to VABIOTECH, the made-in-Vietnam Sputnik V vaccine will be used in the national immunisation programme after the technology transfer is completed and it goes through quality control by Gamaleya Center, the Russian research institute that develops the Sputnik V vaccine.

To date, Sputnik V has been registered in 68 countries with a total population of over 3.7 billion, which is nearly half of the global population. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of people in Mexico, Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, the UAE, and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against the coronavirus.

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Vietnam makes first batch of Russian Covid-19 vaccine

21/07/2021 18:05

The first test batch of Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 has been produced in Vietnam, according to an announcement Wednesday. -

The first validation samples taken from the produced batch will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center in Russia for quality control checks, the fund and the company said in a joint statement, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Vietnamese pharmaceutical firm Vabiotech said in a joint statement.

Russia says the efficacy of the vaccine is 97.6 percent.

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HCMC Party Committee mulls stricter restrictions as Covid continues to rage

21/07/2021 09:48

HCMC is seeking opinions from experts and ministries to prepare for possibly making its social distancing requirements even more stringent. -

Nguyen Van Nen, secretary of the city Party Committee, said Tuesday this would stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has continued to infect thousands of people despite nearly two weeks of social distancing.

It has been under two weeks of strict social distancing since July 9, requiring people to stay home and only go out for necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.

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PM extends sympathy to Chinese counterpart over Henan flooding

22/07/2021 18:02

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on July 22 sent a message of sympathy to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang over human and asset losses caused by flooding in Henan province.

Flooding, triggered by heavy downpours, has submerged the Chinese province since July 18, leaving tens of people dead and missing, and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to be evacuated.

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US deputy secretary of state to visit China: FM spokesperson

22/07/2021 07:27

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Tianjin of China from July 25 to 26, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Wednesday.

The spokesperson said the United States has proposed to arrange Sherman to visit China to exchange views on bilateral ties. Agreed by both sides, Sherman will visit Tianjin from July 25 to 26.

China will expound to the United States its position on developing bilateral relations and a firm attitude in safeguarding its own sovereignty, security, and development interests. China will demand that the US side should stop interfering in China's internal affairs and harming China's interests, the spokesperson said.

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Moscow entrepreneurs look for opportunities in Vietnam

22/07/2021 18:39

More than 100 Vietnamese companies took part in an online business matching event with entrepreneurs from Moscow, Russia, on July 20.

The event was organised by the Moscow Export Center with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the trade mission of Russia in Vietnam.

Two groups of Russian goods exported to Vietnam worth over 100 million USD are coal of all kinds, reaching 202.6 million USD; and iron and steel of all kinds at 160.3 million USD./.

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BOT toll collections suspended in southern region

22/07/2021 11:18

HCM CITY — HCM City has suspended toll collections at BOT (build-operate-transfer) toll stations to support the fight against the latest COVID-19 outbreak.

The city People’s Committee on July 20 decided to temporarily stop toll collection operations at the An Sương - An Lạc toll station, Phú Mỹ Bridge toll station, Hà Nội Highway toll station, and toll stations on Nguyễn Văn Linh Boulevard in HCM City.

Besides HCM City, 18 southern provinces and cities are also applying social distancing measures under Directive No 16, including Bình Dương, Đồng Nai, Cần Thơ City, Bình Phước, Tây Ninh, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Tiền Giang, Long An, Vĩnh Long, Đồng Tháp, Bến Tre, Hậu Giang, An Giang, Bạc Liêu, Sóc Trăng, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau and Kiên Giang. — VNS

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Three Vietnam tourist cities among world's 100 greatest places: Time

22/07/2021 20:00

Hanoi, HCMC and Phu Quoc have made it onto the global list of 100 greatest places to explore on Earth as voted by Time magazine. -

Time recommended travelers to explore Hanoi where they can enjoy a renewed life in the Old Quarter.

The list features 21 U.S. destinations while Europe is well-represented on the list as well, accounting for 28.

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Vietnam concerned about recent developments in Cyprus

22/07/2021 09:52

Vietnam is concerned about political tensions and the fact that there are different views among the parties in Cyprus, said Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, on July 21.

He made the statement at a regular consultation of the UN Security Council on the situation in the Republic of Cyprus and the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

At the meeting, Spehar, reported on the situation in the country during the first six months of this year, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UNFICYP's activities and trust-building activities between communities as well as efforts to find peace in Cyprus in the past time./.

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VTV to screen Tokyo 2020 Olympics for free

22/07/2021 18:53

Vietnam Television (VTV) and its partners have won the television rights to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for Vietnam, VTV has announced.

VTV said it was working with its partners in preparation for screening the games and would make viewing schedules available as soon as possible.

The Vietnamese sports delegation taking part in the Tokyo Olympics consists of 43 members, including 18 athletes competing in 11 competitions./.

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Government sets up COVID-19 special working group

21/07/2021 15:52

The Government has decided to establish a special working group to carry out COVID-19 prevention and control tasks.

The working group will be located in Ho Chi Minh City, which is the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot, and directed by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The Minister of Health should also provide written instructions on the implementation of shortening the period of quarantine for people entering the country who have received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. They should urgently issue guidelines on the classification of cases F0, F1, F2 for appropriate, scientific, close and effective management measures./.

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Urbanisation ratio reaches 40.4 percent

22/07/2021 10:10

Vietnam’s urbanisation ratio reached about 40.4 percent as of the end of June, with a total of 867 urban areas, according to the Ministry of Construction.

Compared to the end of 2020, the ratio rose about 0.4 percent, with the establishment of five new urban areas, the ministry reported.

Under the Resolution released at the 13th National Party Congress, Vietnam targets 45 percent in the ratio of urbanisation in 2025 and about 50 percent in 2030./.

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