According to the Government Office, to enhance pandemic control and create favorable conditions for socio-economic recovery and development, the Government leader has assigned Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam to continue directing the Ministry of Health, other ministries and sectors, and 63 provincial-level localities to drastically carry out anti-pandemic measures, especially accelerating COVID-19 vaccination. He asked the Health Ministry and the chairpersons of the provincial-level People’s Committees to speed up the inoculation, particularly administering the third and fourth doses to people aged 12 and above, and the two primary doses to children aged 5 - 11 in a safe, scientific and effective manner. He also requested sufficient and timely provision of medicine and medical supplies for the COVID-19 combat, as well as health examination and treatment. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Communications was demanded to work with the Health Ministry and media agencies to boost … [Read more...] about PM urges faster COVID-19 vaccination in face of sub-variant BA.5
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It is six months sooner than previously planned, Tran Quang Lam, the department’s director, said at a meeting attended by Ministry of Transport officials at the weekend. The city amended the plan after the National Assembly said last month it would be allocated funds "soon" to complete Ring Road No.3 connecting it with neighboring industrial hubs by 2025. The House chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, told lawmakers that the "urgency" of the project has occasioned funding priority for it. Stretching 76 km, the section is expected to cost more than VND75 trillion ($3.21 billion). The entire road will run over 90 kilometers (56 miles) and enable vehicles to travel to Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai provinces without having to enter inner HCMC. Lam said after the NA’s announcement that HCMC has worked with the three provinces to concretize construction plans. This month the city would issue a resolution to carry out the project so that site clearance procedures could be completed by … [Read more...] about Work on HCMC ring road to start 6 months sooner
With the recent inauguration of many pedestrian streets, themed spaces, and night tours, authorities in Hanoi hope to give the city’s night economy a major boost. Every evening at about 7:00 pm, Hanoi’s Old Quarter begins to bustle with tourists rushing between shops, food stalls, and entertainment venues. The Old Quarter’s evening rush holds such a footing in Hanoian culture that nicknames have even been given to certain areas. The intersection of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Streets, for example, is affectionately called 'International Intersection' while Ta Hien Street is known as 'Beer Street,' Gam Cau Street is known as 'BBQ Street,' To Lich street is called 'Mixed Fruit Street,' and Tong Duy Tan Street is dubbed 'Food Street.' Weekends in the Old Quarter are especially busy, with groups of tourists and locals gathering in the area for entertainment and food, art performance venues, and karaoke parlors. The pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake has also been a major … [Read more...] about Hanoi seeks to develop night economy
Any foreigner who can unscramble the rich tapestry of the Vietnamese language deserves the keys to the city, a Nobel Prize, a Golden Buzzer from Simon, and, while we’re at it, let’s toss in an honorary ambassadorship. The plethora of homonyms, at least to the Western ear, is an exciting feature, as there is nothing more catastrophic than calling someone a horse’s ass when you simply want to wish them a nice day. It’s not as if the language had a few ups and downs here and there as does every tongue, but conveying even the simplest sentiments can be precarious. How about the infamous ‘em yêu anh, anh yêu em, em thương anh’ and ‘anh thương em” jigsaw puzzle? It’s damn good that most people know ‘I love you’ in English, for sorting the ‘em’s’ from the ‘anh’s’ and the north from the south is quite a hurdle. Let’s look at personal pronouns in Vietnamese because addressing people is the first and most basic step in any relationship, thus a logical starting point. That innocent … [Read more...] about Vietnamese language torture
By fighting in World War I, Do Huu Vi (1883-1916) was the first Vietnamese aviator to serve in the French Army more than 100 years ago. Late in June, a ceremony took place to name a small square in the center of the 16th arrondissement of Paris after Do Huu Vi, in the presence of Paris Deputy Mayor Laurence Patrice, Mayor of the 16th arrondissement Francis Szpiner, representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy in France, along with Do Huu Vi's relatives, local officials and residents. The naming ceremony of Do Huu Vi Square. Photo: C'est le Temps de l'amour Group Do Huu Vi Square is located at the intersection of Versailles Avenue and Quai Louis Blériot, 16th arrondissement, overlooking the Radio France headquarters and the Grenelle Bridge. A hero of Cholon, Saigon Do Huu Vi was born in Cholon as the youngest son of Governor Do Huu Phuong, a landowner in Cochinchina at that time, who was allegedly the second wealthiest man in the old Saigon. According to … [Read more...] about Who is the Vietnamese for whom a Paris square has just been named?
The booster shots are expected to help extend protection against subvariants BA.4 and BA.5. Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has urged localities and organizations to accelerate the delivery of booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines to all adults and children to prevent infection of the disease. In a document sent to localities and organizations on July 2, Chinh said the new sub-variant of Omicron (BA.5) has been detected in Vietnam, increasing the risk of the disease outbreaks again, emphasizing that the administration of the booster shots has been slow, and action must be taken to speed up the process. An old woman is vaccinated against Covid-19 in Hanoi. Photo: Chi Kien "Vietnam's vaccination campaign has been basically successful, but the speed of the injection of booster doses for adults has been slow recently. There is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, so provinces and cities should accelerate vaccinations following the prime minister's … [Read more...] about Public urged to get booster shots against Omicron subvariants