Hanoi is on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccines for children, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh said on Thursday. In addition, the city is also planning to ensure two-dose vaccine coverage for residents by November, chairman Anh announced at a meeting of the local People's Council . Despite facing many struggles engendered by the coronavirus pandemic, which resurged in late April and is still wreaking havoc, the city managed to meet certain economic and social achievements. However, many other goals, including public budget revenue, fell short, while livelihoods and the daily life of local dwellers have been significantly affected. The city is seeing positive results with its social distancing tactics, as reflected by a declining daily caseload and a reduction of at-risk zones over the past few weeks. As of September 20, Hanoi’s vaccination drive had administered 6,386,058 jabs to 5,691,664 residents, or 94.4 percent of its adult population. Most of … [Read more...] about Hanoi sources supply of COVID-19 vaccines for children
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I must admit I was just as shocked as everyone when I was told Tuoi Tre News (TTN) would have to shut down along with the Vietnamese language version. Although I knew the shutdown was only a few months, it was surprising how much it had become a part of my life. I didn’t realize how much I would miss TTN. Sniff…where’s the hanky? After contributing to the ‘City diary’ section of the TTN website for five years and more than 300 articles, it was disconcerting to find my weekly writing process grind to a halt. It felt like being fired from a job. Initially I wasn’t too worried but as time passed, the lack of a creative outlet began to get to me. No, my hands didn’t shrivel up in despair nor did I hide in the corner imagining my public life had come to an end. However I did eat more chocolate. I wrote more than one story a week as some events during the year required more content, for example, between Christmas and the Western New Year and then over the Tet holiday. Other times I … [Read more...] about Did ya miss us?
An overall view of the meeting. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The Hanoi People's Council discussed and approved 15 reports and 18 resolutions including a five-year socio-economic development plan, five-year medium-term public investment plan for 2021-25 and developing infrastructure in suburban areas during its meeting which kicked off on September 22. The second session of the 15th-term municipal People's Council was held both online and in person, taking place on September 22 and 23. Speaking at the meeting, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung said that this year was the first year to implement the 13th-term National Party Congress’s resolutions. Up to now, the capital city has maintained production chains despite the pandemic, with some positive results such as the gross domestic product in the second quarter increased by 6.61 percent, higher than the previous quarter, which had increased by 5.17 percent. The overall growth of the first six … [Read more...] about Suburban infrastructure plan get green light
Japan's COVID-19 infection situation is improving such that emergency conditions could soon be lifted in most parts of the country, the health minister said on Friday. Hospitalisation rates and patient bed availability will factor into whether the state of emergency prevailing over Tokyo and much of the country can be lifted at the end of this month, Health Minister Norihisa Tamura told reporters. "After hearing the opinions of experts, the Cabinet will make a final decision," he said. The infectious Delta variant sparked a fifth wave of COVID-19 in Japan that drove infections to record levels last month. To prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, the government extended emergency restrictions covering about 80% of the population until the end of September. The curbs have centred on asking restaurants to close early and refrain from serving alcohol. Residents are being urged to work from home as much as possible and refrain from travel. The government is considering using … [Read more...] about Japan approaching end of COVID-19 emergency in most areas: health minister
Children under the age of 2 are not getting the food or nutrients they need to thrive and grow well, leading to irreversible developmental harm, according to a new report by UNICEF. Illustrative image. The report “Fed to Fail? The crisis of children’s diets in early life”, released ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit this week, warns that rising poverty, inequality, conflict, climate-related disasters, and health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to an ongoing nutrition crisis among the world’s youngest that has shown little sign of improvement in the last ten years. In an analysis of 91 countries, the report finds that only half of children aged 6-23 months are being fed the minimum recommended number of meals a day, while just a third consume the minimum number of food groups they need to thrive. Further analysis of 50 countries with available trend data reveals these poor feeding patterns have persisted throughout the last decade. As … [Read more...] about Children’s diets show no improvement in last decade: UNICEF
Customs clearance time for exports shortens The average duration for customs clearance for exports last year stood at 38.4 hours, a decline by 57.38 hours compared to 2019, according to a survey of an inter-sectoral working group. The cost for such procedures averaged 338 USD, falling 81.72 USD against 2019. Meanwhile, the time for imports was 54.8 hours, a drop of 48.88 hours. Total cost for the procedures hit 313.17 USD, plunging 256.41 USD. Document digitalisation is among important reasons that help businesses save time and costs for customs clearance for cross-border trade. The deployment of the Vietnam Automated System for Seaport Customs Management (VASSCM) also facilitates port-related activities. According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, import and export documents in 2020 amounted to 6.75 million and 6.98 million, respectively. Trading across borders indicator set is part of the World Bank’s annual Doing Business rankings since 2001. The set … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 24