As scientists were unable to find a virus in either bats or another animal that matches the genetic signature of COVID-19, investigators said they were more open to considering a leak involving the Wuhan Institute of Virology. AFP/File photo WASHINGTON - The US intelligence community has reached "broad agreement" that the coronavirus was not developed as a bioweapon, and most US agencies assess with "low confidence" it was not genetically engineered, according to an unclassified summary of a report. But the community remains divided on the pathogen's origins, with four agencies and the National Intelligence Council judging in favor of natural exposure to an animal as the likely explanation, one agency favoring the lab leak theory and three unable to reach a conclusion. "Variations in analytic views largely stem from differences in how agencies weigh intelligence reporting and scientific publications, and intelligence and scientific gaps," the summary said. The intelligence … [Read more...] about US intelligence community concludes coronavirus not developed as bioweapon
With its experience in COVID-19 prevention and control in the past nearly two years, Da Nang has proactively adjusted its pandemic response policies. (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) – Da Nang city’s steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control has sought measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread to four out of its seven districts. The local health sector aims to administer 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the time ahead, said Deputy Director of the municipal Health Department Tran Thanh Thuy, adding that priority will be given to those working on the forefront of the fight in districts, wards and communes, residents living high-risk areas and people with underlying diseases. Secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Quang asked all-level authorities to tighten pandemic prevention and control measures, from testing to the grant of travel permits. Local police have also been requested to step up inspections and strictly handle violations. … [Read more...] about Da Nang turns wards, communes into “fortresses” in COVID-19 combat
The engagement of young people is expected to contribute to the adoption of more ambitious plans on global climate adaptation. Hoang Ngoc Xuan Mai, 19, and Ly Phuong Thanh, 21, are two representatives of Vietnam joining some 400 young people around the world to elaborate concrete proposals, contributing to the negotiation process of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). The two Vietnamese delegates are participating in the preparatory session Pre-COP26 titled “Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition” (Y4C event) taking place in Milan from September 28 to October 2, 2021. Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro. Photos: Embassy of Italy in Hanoi The engagement of young people to the COP26 to be held in Italy and the UK from now until mid-November is expected to leave an impact on the global climate campaign in the future, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro said on the occasion of the ongoing Y4C event that is hosted at the … [Read more...] about Two Vietnamese delegates join Youth4Climate in Italy
Hanoians were allowed to do outdoor exercises as of today after two months and a half. On Sept 28, Vietnam reported 4,589 coronavirus infections, the record low in the two months and a half. Today is the first day that the number of infections is one-fifth of the recovered. Ho Chi Minh City saw 377 cases, compared to 4,134 detected yesterday. So far, the country has 191,000 active cases, including nearly 19,000 deaths. Binh Duong has taken the lead with more than 206,000, or 8,410 cases per 100,000 residents, followed by Ho Chi Minh City with 4,162/100,000 residents, and Long An 1,896/100,000. Regarding vaccination, more than 40 million doses have been administered, including nearly nine million people fully vaccinated in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City topped localities for the number of vaccinated people. The city has been providing the second shots to around 40% of its seven million adults aged above 18. As part of efforts to mitigate damage caused by Covid-19, the Vietnam … [Read more...] about Today’s Covid News: Vietnam’s coronavirus infections hit two-month record low
Dragon fruit is among fresh Vietnamese fruits that are allowed to enter the US market. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) –The US is a potential market for Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports thanks to the diverse distribution system along with a 3-million-strong overseas Vietnamese community, according to the Vietnamese Trade Office in the US. The US market is home to 332 million customers with high per capita income, with fruit and vegetables being a rising trend, it said. Data from the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association showed that fruit and vegetable exports were worth over 2.06 billion USD in the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 17.4 percent. Of these, the shipment of these items to the US enjoyed the highest growth of 132 percent compared to the same period last year, followed by China and China with 11.6 percent and 109 percent. Nguyen Quoc Toan, Director-General of the General Department for Agricultural Products Processing and Market Development, … [Read more...] about Potential grows for vegetable and fruit exports to US
According to the Vietnamese Office for Trade Affairs in the E.U., a large volume of Vietnamese goods exported to the Netherlands are re-exported to other European countries. Therefore, Vietnam is also considered the leading trade partner of the Netherlands in Asia. The Vietnam-E.U. Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is expected to open up greater for businesses from both countries to foster their partnership. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam and the Netherlands have shared close ties in various fields, especially industry, green and renewable energy, circular economy and emission reduction towards sustainable development. Meanwhile, the Dutch Government and investors have shown interest in partnering with Vietnam in trade, industry and energy. Vietnam has been and will be a good choice for Dutch investors, while the business communities of both sides have sought business and investment opportunities in each other’s country, thus optimizing advantages … [Read more...] about Netherlands – Gateway for Vietnamese goods to enter E.U.