The French Embassy in Hanoi and the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City are organizing a vaccination campaign for their compatriots and the staff of the French diplomatic network in Vietnam, with the authorization of the Vietnamese authorities. Free-of-charge Moderna jabs will be administered in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from July 27, according to an announcement on the French Consulate General’s verified Facebook page last week. Eligibility for the campaign is limited to French nationals aged 18 and over currently in Vietnam and their spouses regardless of nationality, foreign parents of French minors, and French government employees and their spouses. Vaccine doses will be administered at the Hanoi French Hospital in Hanoi and FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Registrations for appointments opened on July 15 on FV Hospital’s website. The campaign followed Vietnam’s announcement to give foreign citizens living and working in the Southeast Asian country … [Read more...] about Will foreigners be able to get COVID-19 vaccination in Vietnam?
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This is the second batch of the vaccines to arrive in Vietnam this month, taking total donations from the U.S. to more than five million doses. These are part of 80 million doses that U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged to donate to various countries, more than half of it under Covax. Vietnam is a beneficiary of U.S. donations being made under Covax as well as under "regional priorities and other recipients." As of Sunday, Vietnam has received 7.49 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines through the Covax program - 5 million doses of Moderna and 2.49 million doses of AstraZeneca. Vietnam approved emergency use of the Moderna vaccine last month. Five other vaccines approved for emergency are: Russia's Sputnik V, the U.S. and Germany's Pfizer/BioNTech, China's Sinopharm, and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca's vaccine and the U.S.'s Johnson & Johnson. Moderna is developed from messenger RNA, or mRNA, which contains instructions for human cells to construct a harmless piece of … [Read more...] about 3 mln Moderna vaccine doses reach Vietnam
As of July 21 the Delta variant accounted for 83 percent of U.S. cases, AP reported. According to CNN , the rise of the Delta variant comes amid a new uptick in cases and an increase in hospitalizations and deaths, especially in pockets of the country where vaccination rates remain relatively low. Thu Maulden, an ethnic Vietnamese living in Arkansas, said the state had the highest number of new cases caused by new variant in the country. Maulden said local authorities underline the importance of mask wearing and social distancing but have not made them mandatory. Some restaurants ask customers to follow the rules but cannot enforce them. The requirement to wear masks in many U.S. states was removed in April and there are no strict rules amid a raging culture war in which conservatives continue to act as if Covid is some kind of a liberal plot and shun all precautions, egged on by a partisan and polarized media. As a result, a majority of public activities are perforce … [Read more...] about Vietnamese in US remain wary despite vaccination as Delta variant surges
Ho Chi Minh City has started its fifth immunization phase for residents belonging to designated priority groups, with a target of administering 930,000 jabs from three brands. The fifth vaccination phase commenced on Thursday morning at 615 immunization points and is expected to last for two to three weeks, said the municipal Department of Health. Among the vaccine doses used in this phase, 235,000 were produced by Moderna, 55,000 by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the rest by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. This inoculation phase is intended for 15 priority groups, with residents aged 65 and older, as well as people with underlying health conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, being asked to receive jabs at hospitals while others have been directed to vaccination points throughout the city. Up to 200 people are expected to be immunized per day at each point during the phase, and each ward or commune is required to arrange at … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City kicks off fifth phase of COVID-19 vaccination with 930,000 jabs
The largest ever vaccination campaign in history has posed both opportunities and challenges to the cold storage industry as tens of millions of vaccine doses need to be preserved at the same time. CDC Hanoi's cold warehouse At a working session with Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong recently, CDC Hanoi Deputy Director Nguyen Thi Kieu Anh said CDC Hanoi has one cold warehouse with the capacity of 40 cubic meters, which can contain an additional 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses, and one cold warehouse with the capacity of 16 cubic meters which can contain an additional 100,000 AstraZeneca doses. Hanoi also has six 3000 and 3000 AC refrigerators (the capacity of 126 liters can contain 10,000 doses each), and six cold boxes with the capacity of 44 liters each. According to CDC Hanoi, the total number of AstraZeneca vaccine doses that can be preserved is 310,000. As for medical centers and medical stations, there are 34 TCW 3000 and 3000AC refrigerators with a … [Read more...] about How can vaccines be preserved in Vietnam?
Vietnam has launched the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign, making it the largest-ever approach in preventing and fighting the pandemic. What do you think about this move? Dr. Kidong Park, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Vietnam Safe and effective vaccines are a game-changing tool, and critical to ending the pandemic. The launch of the nationwide vaccination campaign in Vietnam is a historical milestone in the war against COVID-19 and I commend the government for this innovative and strategic approach. As more vaccines arrive in the country, and the rollouts continue in provinces, districts, and communes, this will help reduce hospitalisations and save lives. However, I want to remind everyone that vaccines are not a silver bullet and alone won’t stop the community transmissions. We need to ensure that people continue to follow public health measures implemented by the government. People need to continue to apply 5K principles, … [Read more...] about Safe and sound vaccines at top of WHO priority list