Vietnam Latest News on 23/07/2021

Over 1.5 bln doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in China

23/07/2021 17:10

More than 1.5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission announced on Friday.

China accelerated its pace of free COVID-19 vaccinations for the whole nation in late March. By June 19, China had administered in excess of 1 billion doses, and by July 13, the number surpassed 1.4 billion.

China's mass vaccination campaign currently mainly targets adults aged over 18. By mid-July, a number of provinces, regions and municipalities have announced they will phase in COVID-19 vaccination for minors aged between 12 and 17.

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State leader congratulates Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games

23/07/2021 10:51

Vietnamese athletes on July 23 began competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 22 sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide congratulating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games, which will take place at the National Stadium today (July 23).

The Vietnamese sports delegation consists of 43 members, including 18 athletes competing in 11 competitions including shooting, weightlifting, badminton, swimming, and boxing.

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Vietnam is one of the top 5 targets of Android malware

23/07/2021 18:48

India and Vietnam are ranked among the top five countries globally to be hit by Android/FakeAdBlocker malware, according to ESET, a Slovak internet security company headquartered in Bratislava.

Vietnam is the country with the most android malware attacks in the Asia Pacific region, reported Techwire Asia.com.

While malware like Android/FakeAdBlocker continues to be a growing concern in both Vietnam and India, businesses and individual users can take the necessary steps to secure their devices. Common security practices include downloading software from reliable sources only and not simply clicking on links./.

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Total of 7,307 new COVID-19 cases recorded on Friday

23/07/2021 19:48

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam on Friday recorded the most ever COVID-19 cases in one day, with 7,307 cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

The new infections included 7,295 community cases and 12 imported that were quarantined upon arrival.

As of July 23, Việt Nam has administered a total of over 4.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. As many as 334,560 individuals have been fully vaccinated. — VNS

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Vietnam at risk of losing pepper export markets due to high freight costs

23/07/2021 19:58

Vietnam is at risk of losing out on major pepper export markets due to increasing logistics costs, according to the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA).

In the first six months of 2021, Vietnam’s pepper exports were estimated at 155,000 tonnes, earning 500 million USD. The exports decreased by 7 per cent in volume year on year, though increased by 41 percent in value due to higher export prices, VPA said.

VPA has reported this situation to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the Vietnam Association of Logistics Service Enterprises with a hope that the Government will develop solutions to remove these difficulties./.

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Over 1.2 mln AstraZeneca vaccines arrive in Vietnam

23/07/2021 15:12

A batch of 1,228,500 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines secured via commercial contract by Vietnam Vaccine JSC (VNVC) has reached HCMC. -

Arriving at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Friday, the batch is part of a deal for 30 million doses VNVC ordered from Swedish-British developer AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

The nation, caught in its worst Covid-19 community wave ever, targets to inoculate 70 percent of its population by next April.

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Ministry orders intensifying handling of fake news on COVID-19

23/07/2021 16:50

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on July 23 issued a document on intensifying the handling of fake news and untrue information about COVID-19 on the internet.

Under the Government’s resolution on COVID-19 prevention and control issued on July 20, the ministry has been tasked with instructing the communication work, providing information in a timely manner to help people understand the situation, stay calm, sympathise with and support anti-pandemic measures, and actively implementing pandemic prevention and control measures, thus contributing to consolidating and enhancing public trust in the Party and the State.

Forces involved in COVID-19 prevention and control must seriously follow regulations set by competent agencies and have appropriate behaviours towards the public./.

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AstraZeneca Vietnam supports treatment of non-communicable diseases

23/07/2021 18:43

HÀ NỘI — AstraZeneca Vietnam on Friday donated 150,000 boxes of medicine worth VNĐ62.6 billion to the Ministry of Health to support the treatment of non-communicable disease patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Việt Nam is facing the fourth outbreak of the virus with surging cases across the country. Amid the pandemic, the country is also facing the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are currently the leading cause of death, accounting for about 70 per cent of the local disease burden.

According to the Ministry of Health, the medicines will soon be distributed in line with the objectives of the National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases, giving priority to grassroots-level health facilities amid limited access to innovative medicines. — VNS

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France to supply large quantity of Covid-19 vaccines for Vietnam via COVAX

23/07/2021 17:59

Vietnam seeks France’s support in the transfer of vaccine technologies and medical equipment.

France is expected to soon push for the supply of a large quantity of Covid-19 vaccines for Vietnam via the COVAX Facility.

The two ministers also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interests, stressing the importance of maintaining free navigation, security, and peace on the East Sea in line with the international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Nearly 500 wild animals illegally traded rescued this year

23/07/2021 08:40

HCM CITY — As many as 447 wild animals were rescued in Việt Nam in the first six months of the year, according to Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV).

ENV, a local NGO focused on the conservation of nature and the environment, recorded 1,645 wildlife-related violations in the first half of this year.

Rhino horns are strictly banned from being traded in, imported to or exported from Việt Nam as the rhino and many other wild animals are on the list of endangered wildlife protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which the country has been a party since 1994. — VNS

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Vietnam reports 3,898 new COVID-19 cases

23/07/2021 08:54

NDO/VNA - Vietnam recorded 3,898 new COVID-19 cases from 7.30pm on July 22 to 6am on July 23, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s current largest pandemic hotspot, logged the majority of the new cases, with 3,302 infections. It was followed by southern Long An province, with 223 cases and central Da Nang city which recorded 47 infections.

As of 5pm on July 22, the COVID-19 vaccine fund had received nearly VND8.23 trillion (US$357.38 million) from 470,150 organisations and individuals, according to the fund’s management board.

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Maintaining production chains crucial for Việt Nam

23/07/2021 08:47

HÀ NỘI — As exports formed a key component of local economic development, maintaining production chains was crucial for Việt Nam.

According to the General Department of Việt Nam Customs, in the first six months of 2021, the total export value of the country reached US$158.34 billion, an increase of $35.57 billion, or 29 per cent over the same period in 2020. — VNS

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HCM City tightens COVID-19 prevention and control measures

23/07/2021 15:36

Ho Chi Minh City has tightened its COVID-19 prevention and control measures as infections have remained rampant in the southern largest city.

In a freshly-issued document, the Standing Board of the municipal Party Committee ordered intensifying inspection and supervision over the implementation of social distancing and lockdown regulations.

According to the municipal Department of Health, as of July 23 noon, HCM City had recorded 49,176 COVID-19 infections./.

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Health ministry reports 3,898 new COVID-19 cases

23/07/2021 09:10

VGP – The Ministry of Health announced 3,898 new cases of coronavirus on Friday morning, bringing the national caseload to 78,269 cases.

All the latest cases are local infections in HCMC (3,302), Long An (223), Da Nang (47), Binh Duong (37), Tien Giang (37), Tay Ninh (36), Dong Nai (33), Dong Thap (31), Binh Thuan (23), Ben Tre (20), Ninh Thuan (19), Phu Yen (15), Ha Noi (14), Kien Giang (13), Vinh Long (12), Nghe An (11), Can Tho (ten), Tra Vinh (nine), Dak Lak (four), Quang Nam (one), and Lai Chau (one).

On July 22, 43,720 more people were vaccinated, raising the total doses administered in the country to over 4. 41million. As many as 334,560 people have been fully vaccinated. /.

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Sơn La longan exported to EU, UK markets

23/07/2021 07:19

HÀ NỘI — The northern mountainous province of Sơn La held a ceremony on Wednesday to grant a Trademark Registration Certificate to Sơn La longan, and export a batch of Sông Mã - Sơn La longan to the EU and UK markets.

The province’s total longan growing area is estimated to stretch 19,200 hectares in 2021, with an expected output of 98,500 tonnes, of which 2,200 hectares of longan with an output of nearly 22,000 tonnes are eligible for export, mainly to China, Australia, the US and Europe.

Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Hoàng Quốc Khánh said that the granting of the Trademark Registration Certificate by the National Office of Intellectual Property is an affirmation of the reputation and quality of the province's agricultural products, contributing to the completion of the legal framework, and creating a solid foundation for the supply of longan to both domestic and foreign markets. — VNS

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President presents gifts to invalids in Ha Nam

23/07/2021 19:07

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited and presented gifts to war invalids and sick soldiers in the northern province of Ha Nam on July 23, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Day of Invalids and Martyrs (July 27).

At a local nursing centre for invalids, the President expressed his gratitude for war heroes and those who dedicated their lives to national independence and freedom.

The same day, Phuc also visited and offered gifts to heroic Vietnamese mother Nguyen Thi Mon and invalid Hoang Van Tuyen, Director of the Hoang Tuyen apparel company./.

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Việt Nam may approve homegrown Nano Covax vaccine for emergency use

23/07/2021 11:33

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is evaluating its domestically developed coronavirus vaccine, Nano Covax, for possible approval for emergency use across the country.

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology held a meeting on Thursday to review the outcomes of clinical trials of the vaccine, which is produced by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC based on recombinant DNA/protein technology.

As of Friday morning, 4,411,659 doses of the vaccines, mainly AstraZeneca, have been administered in Việt Nam, with 334,560 people having received the full two doses. —VNS

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Vietnamese gymnasts to compete at first Olympics in Tokyo

23/07/2021 09:00

Olympics

HÀ NỘI — Đinh Phương Thành jumps up on the parallel bar and makes a 180-degree pirouette, salto, front toss and straddle during practice at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. He is putting the final touches on his routine for his first-ever Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

"Each of my athletes has their own strong points which will help them be successful in tournaments." VNS

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Gaming the system only damages attempts to tackle COVID-19 outbreak

23/07/2021 16:31

HÀ NỘI — Amid soaring coronavirus cases in Việt Nam as the fourth wave of infections ravages across the country, people have been getting up in arms about a privileged few who seem to be arranging opt-outs from lockdowns and jumping the vaccination queue, while the majority of the country diligently follows the rules.

Earlier this week, HCM City’s Phú Nhuận District issued an administrative fine for a director of an environment service cooperative for issuing a pass to his daughter to freely navigate the city. Such passes should be reserved for garbage collectors only.

Not to be a doomsayer, but while an increasingly intense outbreak forces authorities into further restrictions that could lead to lockdown fatigue and a huge impact on people’s livelihoods, the last thing the country needs is a series of incidents and unfairness that could undermine trust and confidence, when unity and public buy-in is the critical force that is so needed right now to power us through this chapter of the challenge. — VNS

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Defence Ministry presents medical supplies, equipment to Cuba

23/07/2021 06:30

NDO/VNA - Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien hosted a reception on July 22 for outgoing Cuban Military, Naval and Air Attache Col. Juan Miguel Garcia Montano, and his successor Col. Román Osvaldo Jiménez Ortega.

Chien took this occasion to extend his greetings on the 60th anniversary of the Giron Victory (April 19, 1961-2021) and the success of the eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

On behalf of Vietnam's Ministry of National Defence, Chien presented the token of medical supplies and equipment worth VND5 billion (US$217,300) to Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces to help the country fight against COVID-19.

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Potential for Vietnamese exports to Africa: workshop

23/07/2021 08:10

HÀ NỘI — There remains room for Vietnamese exports to the African market, experts said at a virtual workshop on Việt Nam-Africa trade promotion held by the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) on Wednesday.

Speaking at the event, Lê Hoàng Tài, deputy head of the agency, said Việt Nam has established trade relations with all 54 African nations whose population amounted to some 1.3 billion.

Experts at the event highlighted opportunities for Vietnamese firms in the market but also warned of the potential for fraud. — VNS

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HCM City to spray disinfectant in high-risk COVID areas over next 7 days

23/07/2021 18:47

HCM CITY— The HCM City Command on Friday began spraying disinfectant throughout the city, especially in COVID-19 hotspots, for a period of seven days.

The participating forces include 100 soldiers from the City Command, the Chemical Brigade 87 under the Chemical Corps, the Chemical Battalion 38 of Military Region 7, and the local militia.

In June, military forces carried out wide-scale disinfection in Gò Vấp District after the area became a hotspot due to a significant number of COVID-19 cases. VNS

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Over 2,000 medical devices and supplies transported to HCM City

23/07/2021 09:28

More than 2,000 medical devices and supplies have been transported to a field storage serving COVID-19 prevention and control activities in Ho Chi Minh City - the country's current largest pandemic hotspot, and other southern localities.

The medical devices and supplies include ventilators, dialysis machines, oxygen generators, and more than 12 million masks of all kinds.

On July 22, HCM City began the fifth phase of its large-scale COVID-19 vaccination campaign with 615 injection sites across the city. The campaign is scheduled to run within two weeks with more than 930,000 vaccine doses to be administered./.

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World News in Brief: July 23

23/07/2021 15:37

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a set of policy reforms to the concessional lending facilities to better support the recovery of low-income countries (LICs) from the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Asian share markets were in a mixed mood on Friday after a volatile week in which sentiment over global growth waxed and waned with every new headline on the Delta variant.

* Israel announced plans to allow only people who are deemed immune to COVID-19 or have recently tested negative to enter some public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and synagogues.

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Singapore, Pacific Alliance conclude FTA talks

23/07/2021 10:51

Singapore and the Pacific Alliance (PA) have concluded negotiations on a free trade agreement, towards the signing of the deal in late 2021, the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on July 22.

The Pacific Alliance, which comprises four Latin American nations of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, is the eighth-largest exporter in the world, with a combined population of 230 million, a per capita gross domestic product of 19,000 USD and annual exports totalling 627 billion USD.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said that Singapore will continue working with the alliance to officially sign the deal at the PA Summit in December in Colombia./.

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More headaches for Everton’s new manager

23/07/2021 08:32

Paul Kennedy

I saw photographs this week of Everton manager Rafa Benitez (that still feels weird to write) arriving in Florida for his team’s pre-season tournament where they will play Millonarios FC of Colombia.

As for Benitez, I believe he is professional enough to focus on the upcoming season and let football do the talking. VNS

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VN-Index gains nearly 23 points, liquidity still low

23/07/2021 06:28

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s stock market closed higher on Thursday, boosted by gains of many large-cap stocks across all sectors. However, the market liquidity continued to drop.

The market benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) rebounded and inched closer to 1,300 points after falling slightly on Wednesday afternoon. Accordingly, the index soared 22.88 points, or 1.8 per cent, to 1,293.67 points.

On the other hand, foreign investors were still net sellers on HoSE as they sold a value of VNĐ507.51 billion. However, they net bought a value of VNĐ8.58 billion on HNX. VNS

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All 689 inmates, staff at Binh Duong drug rehab test coronavirus positive

23/07/2021 16:08

All 689 inmates and staff members of a Binh Duong drug rehab center have been infected with the coronavirus, according to the HCMC labor department. -

The positive test results at Bo La Drug Rehabilitation Center were confirmed Thursday night, said Le Minh Tan, director of the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs which manages the facility, Tien Phong newspaper reported.

In the current Covid wave that broke out in late April, HCMC has recorded 48,863 cases to become the nation’s epicenter, with Binh Duong having reported 5,405.

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Philippines to bar travel from Malaysia, Thailand to curb Delta's spread

23/07/2021 10:43

The Philippines will ban travellers coming from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the presidential spokesperson said on Friday.

The travel restriction will take effect from Sunday and run to the end of July, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a national address.

With more than 1.53 million infections and nearly 27,000 deaths, the Philippines has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.

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HCM City strengthens Government’s Directive 16

23/07/2021 16:00

HCM CITY — HCM City Party Committee on Friday strengthened the Government’s Directive 16 to fight the growing threat of COVID-19.

City officials say the next two weeks are a critical time in the battle against coronavirus, and the tough, new measures should be strictly adhered to.

Directive No 16 was been applied in HCM City on July 9. After 13 days of applying the directive, new cases of COVID-19 continue increasing daily. The city has recorded 48,863 COVID-19 cases since April 27 until Friday morning. — VNS

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Vietnamese farm produce promoted in RoK

23/07/2021 18:40

SEOUL — Vietnamese agricultural products have been introduced to consumers in the Republic of Korea (RoK) during the Import Goods Fair (IGF) 2021 that is taking place in Seoul from July 22-24.

Việt Nam’s participation at the event aims to seek opportunities for exporting a number of high-quality products that are in the harvest season, thus solving difficulties in selling farm produce due to COVID-19.

Việt Nam and the RoK have enjoyed a growing trade partnership, with the RoK being the third largest trade partner of Việt Nam with total import-export revenue reaching US$66 billion in 2020. Việt Nam earned $1.2 billion from exporting agro-fisheries products and processed food to the RoK last year, accounting for 4.1 per cent of the RoK’s total import value of these products. — VNS

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Government to focus on COVID-19 pandemic fight and facilitating production and business

23/07/2021 06:21

HÀ NỘI — Strengthening COVID-19 control and prevention while ensuring economic stability are among the main priorities of the Government for the remainder of the year.

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh addressed the National Assembly yesterday, presenting the results of the socio-economic development plan for the first half of 2021.

The central government is to improve transparency and credibility as well as the quality of public servants especially for high-ranking officials who must answer for their offices' performances. — VNS

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Over 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrive in HCM City

23/07/2021 14:56

A total of 1,228,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on July 23 morning.

To date, over 3.1 million doses of the contract have delivered to Vietnam. The amount accounted for approximately 37 percent of the AstraZeneca vaccine volume Vietnam has received, with the remainder coming from the COVAX Facility or donated by other countries.

He vowed that the company will continue its cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the VNVC to quickly and safely transport the vaccine to Vietnam.

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Vietnam sets to significantly cut use of single-use plastics by 2025

23/07/2021 10:41

NDO/VNA - Vietnam aims to use 100 percent of environmentally-friendly plastic bags and packaging at shopping malls and supermarkets by 2025, according to a project on strengthening management of plastic waste in Vietnam approved by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh on July 22.

Other goals include to collect, reuse, recycle and treat 85 percent of plastic waste; to reduce the volume of plastic waste dumped to ocean by half; to have 100 percent of tourism complexes, hotels and other lodging facilities not use non-biodegradable plastic bags and single-use plastic products by 2025.

The project will also build a network of local communicators who are tasked to instruct people in how to properly classify, reuse and treat plastic waste and waste at large; and integrate knowledge about single-use and non-biodegradable plastics into school curriculums at all levels.

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Covid-19 wave derails growth predictions

23/07/2021 17:32

The fourth Covid-19 wave, stronger than the previous ones combined, has stumped growth expectations and made predictions difficult, experts say. -

"Observers are more worried about the spread of the pandemic now, especially because it is taking place in the national economic locomotive," said Le Duy Binh, managing director of consulting firm Economica Vietnam told VnExpress.

The Asian Development Bank has cut its 2021 growth forecast for Vietnam from 6.7 percent to 5.8 percent as the fourth wave of Covid-19 hampers recovery.

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Việt Nam at risk of losing pepper export markets due to high freight costs

23/07/2021 09:26

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam is at risk of losing out on major pepper export markets due to increasing logistics costs, according to the Việt Nam Pepper Association (VPA).

In the first six months of 2021, Việt Nam's pepper exports were estimated at 155,000 tonnes, earning US$500 million. The exports decreased by 7 per cent in volume year on year, though increased by 41 per cent in value due to higher export prices, VPA said.

VPA has reported this situation to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the General Department of Vietnam Customs and the Vietnam Association of Logistics Service Enterprises with a hope that the Government will develop solutions to remove these difficulties. — VNS

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Troubled Tokyo Olympics set to open under Covid cloud

23/07/2021 10:11

The most troubled Olympics in modern history finally get underway in Tokyo on Friday, struggling in Covid-19 after a one-year postponement following a build-up marred by scandal and controversy. -

Eight years after gold ticker tape rained down as Tokyo celebrated winning the right to stage the Games, Friday's opening ceremony will take place with the Japanese capital in a state of emergency.

New Olympic sports will also be on display in Tokyo, with surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate all making their bow.

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Lao NA Chairman sends congratulations to Vietnamese counterpart

23/07/2021 18:38

NDO/VNA – Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Saysomphone Phomvihane has sent a letter of congratulations to Vuong Dinh Hue on his election as Chairman of the 15th National Assembly of Vietnam on July 20.

In the letter, the top Lao legislator wrote that Hue’s election to the post demonstrates the Vietnamese Party, State, NA and people’s trust in and appreciation of his competence.

Saysomphone wished the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in general and the two legislatures in particular will develop further, and his Vietnamese counterpart will gain greater achievements in his position.

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Over 1 million tonnes of goods channelled through Quảng Ninh’s Móng Cái border gate

23/07/2021 08:05

QUẢNG NINH — Despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, border trade activities in Móng Cái City of northern Quảng Ninh Province, which borders China, have been maintained with a surge in the volume of import and export goods compared to the figure in 2020.

According to the Móng Cái International Border Gate Management Board, as of July 18, the total volume of commodities imported and exported through the border gate had reached more than 1 million tonnes, up 89.2 per cent over the same period last year. The collected fees totalled more than VNĐ34 billion (US$1.47 million), up 58 per cent year-on-year and equal to 62.7 per cent of the yearly target.

The two sides have also co-ordinated to complete infrastructure for Hoành Mô - Dong Zhong border gate area so that this border gate pair will officially debut in the near future. — VNS

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Việt Nam expected to be third largest start-up ecosystem in SEA in 2022

23/07/2021 08:43

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam will emerge as the third largest start-up ecosystem in Southeast Asia next year, according to “The Southeast Asia Ecosystem 2.0”, a new report by venture capital (VC) firm Golden Gate Ventures.

“It has already solidified its growing prominence, and we expect to see stronger signs of SEA-focused VC funds putting more effort into early stage investments in Việt Nam,” said the report.

As for investors, in 2018, the Government officially legalised start-up investment activities in Việt Nam through the issuance of Decree 38/2018/NĐ-CP and Decree 31/2021/NĐ/CP, thereby simplifying investment procedures for both domestic and foreign investors. — VNS

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Art prodigy donates nearly VND3 billion to COVID-19 fight through auction of his paintings

23/07/2021 12:23

NDO – 14-year-old art prodigy Xeo Chu has donated VND2.95 billion to support those working on the frontline to fight against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The money was collected from two online auctions of his paintings, which were hosed by Xeo Chu and his brother with the support of his family and friends.

Xeo Chu poses next to his paintings that were auctioned to support Ho Chi Minh City’s healthcare workers. (Photo courtesy of Xeo Chu Arts)

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Tropical depression shocks at level 8 over the waters of Quang Ninh Province

23/07/2021 09:06

NDO – On the morning of July 23, a tropical depression moved down to the Gulf of Tonkin with its centre located right over the waters of the north of Quang Ninh Province at 7am, packing 40-50 kilometres per hour (level 6) winds, with shock at level 8, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF).

For the next 24 hours, the tropical depression will move south-southwest at a speed of 10 kilometres per hour. At 10am on July 24, the centre of the depression will be at about 19.6 degrees north latitude and 107.2 degrees east longitude, about 110 km southeast of Nam Dinh Province, packing 40-50 kilometres per hour (level 6) winds, with shock at level 8.

In Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh from now until July 25, there will be very heavy rain, from 150-300mm, even more than 300mm in some places. The area from Quang Binh to Thua Thien Hue will see moderate rain to heavy rain from 50-150mm time, and over 150mm in some places.

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Medical forces from Chợ Rẫy Hospital support other hospitals in COVID-19 treatment

23/07/2021 06:19

HCM CITY — Support teams from Chợ Rẫy Hospital have been deployed to support COVID-19 treatment at 19 different field hospitals in HCM City.

The remaining teams will assist at Bình Chánh Hospital.

Trương Thị Diệu Kỳ, a nurse from the Urology Ward, said she volunteered and was very eager to lend a hand to the work.

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Vietnam receives additional 1.2 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses

23/07/2021 16:40

The British-Swedish inoculant currently accounts for 77% of the country's Covid-19 vaccine supply.

An additional 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, part of the purchase of 30 million doses from the company in 2021, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on July 23.

Vietnam has also allowed mixing AstraZeneca shots with those of Pfizer/BioNTech should supply dwindle. The nation targets to inoculate 70% of its population by 2022.

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Việt Nam expects to raise VNĐ120 trillion worth of G-bonds in Q3

23/07/2021 07:57

HÀ NỘI — The State Treasury recently announced a plan to auction Government bonds worth VNĐ120 trillion (US$5.21 billion) via the Hà Nội Stock Exchange in the third quarter of the year.

Specifically, five-year bonds will be worth VNĐ10 trillion, seven-year ones VNĐ8 trillion, 10-year bonds valued at VNĐ40 trillion, 15-year bonds VNĐ50 trillion, 20-year bonds VNĐ5 trillion and 30-year bonds VNĐ7 trillion.

In the first half of this year, it mobilised over VNĐ141.4 trillion worth of Government bonds, or 40.4 per cent of the target assigned by the Ministry of Finance. — VNS

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Over 1.2 million more doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrives in HCM City

23/07/2021 16:14

NDO/VNA - A total of 1,228,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on July 23 morning.

This is the fifth and also the biggest shipment of the deal to purchase 30 million doses signed between AstraZeneca Vietnam and the Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) with support from the Ministry of Health.

He vowed that the company will continue its cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the VNVC to quickly and safely transport the vaccine to Vietnam.

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Businesses involved in HCM City price stability programme bear losses as prices rise

23/07/2021 15:21

HCM CITY — Supply of consumer goods in HCM City has been relatively steady, but the prices of some items have shot up and businesses taking part in the city’s price stabilisation programme are suffering big losses since they sell at fixed prices, according to the Department of Industry and Trade.

Speaking at a meeting with a special working group from the Ministry of Industry and Trade on Wednesday, a department official said though the amount of goods transported to the city is steady, the prices of some items are high. For instance, there is a short supply of eggs due to various reasons, and demand is high, he said.

"But with the unpredictable situation in many districts, the reopening needs to be done carefully.” — VNS

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Nhan Dan Newspaper joins businesses to present gifts to people affected by COVID-19

23/07/2021 12:19

NDO – On July 22, Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper representative office in Ho Chi Minh City in coordination with businesses presented gifts to people affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, the representative office joined Long An-based Thien Phuc Real Estate Joint Stock Company, Vietnam Traffic Safety Association, Vietnam Seafarers Union, and other donors to deliver 1,000 gifts to poor people in Thu Duc District, District 12, Go Vap District, and Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City.

Vice Chair of the Vietnam Red Cross Society’s Ho Chi Minh City chapter Nguyen Hoang An highly appreciated the timely support from the Chinese Vietnamese Buddhist followers and benefactors to disadvantaged people, which can help them to overcome the difficulties caused by the pandemic and bring joy to their lives.

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Vietnam considers authorising first domestic COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

23/07/2021 08:26

NDO - The Ministry of Health (MOH) has asked pharmaceutical company Nanogen to complete the results of its vaccine trials so that the first locally produced COVID-19 vaccine can be authorised for emergency use.

The MOH and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) held a meeting on July 22 to review the clinical trial data of Nanogen’s Nano Covax vaccine along with a proposal on its authorisation for emergency use.

MOH Deputy Minister Tran Van Thuan said the ministry will continue to facilitate Nanogen and other domestic companies to develop COVID-19 vaccines so that Vietnam can proactively secure the supply of vaccines in the fight against the pandemic.

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Online Sale Day promotes products of enterprises across ASEAN

23/07/2021 15:06

NDO – Ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) are working together and getting ready for the ASEAN Online Sale Day 2021, which will be launched on August 8 to celebrate the association’s 54th anniversary.

In the context of COVID-19, e-Commerce is being used as a convenient way for businesses to resume operations and expand their distribution channels while helping consumers gradually change their shopping habits.

Vietnam, as the Chair of ASEAN 2020, proposed the ASEAN Online Sale Day, which will be the first online shopping event conducted collectively on a region-wide basis, to be held on August 8 annually. It aims to facilitate ASEAN member states in promoting cross – border trade through e-commerce while creating a safe and practical online environment for shoppers in the region.

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