The statement from the Anglo-Swedish company - which produces its vaccine in Thailand for use domestically and in neighboring countries - comes in the wake of a supply shortage which has sparked heavy criticism of Thai Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha's administration. Under the terms of AstraZeneca's agreement with Thai authorities, 180 million doses are due for production, one-third destined for the Thai market and the rest to be exported. AstraZeneca produces its vaccine in Thailand for use domestically and in neighboring countries. Photo by AFP/Madaree Tohlala. By the end of July AstraZeneca will have delivered 11.3 million doses for Thailand, according to James Teague, AstraZeneca's representative in the country. Exports have still not begun, even as the region faces a particularly virulent wave of Covid-19. "We are delivering in the fastest possible timeframe, however, given the gravity of the Delta variant, we are leaving no stone unturned to accelerate supply … [Read more...] about AstraZeneca searching for vaccines for virus-hit Southeast Asia
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Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are considering the worst-case scenario to have well-prepared plans for it. The number of people infected with Covid-19 in Vietnam hit 7,968 on Saturday [July 24], the record high since early 2020. So far, 17,583 out of 90,934 patients have recovered. The death toll remains at 370. A makeshift hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Nien Today, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)’s caseload surpassed 5,000 for the first time, at 5,396, totaling 55,870. Binh Duong is the second hardest hit with 6,761. Given the complicated situation, HCMC has prepared for the possibility of 80,000 infections by building more makeshift hospitals or requisition private hospitals. In that case, the treatment will be classified into five levels with the first treating 50% of confirmed cases at grassroots facilities (at asymptomatic ones); the second treating 27% at district hospitals (mild symptoms); the third for 10% at higher-level hospitals … [Read more...] about Today’s Covid News: Vietnam sets single-day record with nearly 8,000 infections
Vietnam sees decline in textile orders By Trong Nghia Tents are set up for workers to sleep at a firm after work during the social distancing period. As many local textile and garment makers failed to confirm when they would resume operations, many of their foreign business partners are switching orders from Vietnam to other countries – PHOTO: DNCC HCMC – With many local textile-garment makers unable to confirm when they can resume operations, many of their foreign business partners are switching orders from Vietnam to other countries. In April this year, Italian fast-fashion group Teddy began signing contracts to place orders with the HCMC-based MyOne Fashion Company, with their cooperation extending until the end of September 2021. However, while MyOne is ramping up efforts to complete orders that have already been signed, it has not made headway with several orders due to Covid-19 related complications in Vietnam. Le Van Tam, director of MyOne Company, said, “It … [Read more...] about Vietnam sees decline in textile orders
Here are today’s leading news stories: Politics -- United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will pay an official visit to Vietnam on July 28 and 29 at the invitation of Vietnamese Minister of National Defense Phan Van Giang, the Vietnam News Agency reported. -- The first session of Vietnam’s 15th National Assembly will be shortened by an additional three days and is expected to conclude on July 28 due to the serious COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Updates -- The Ministry of Health confirmed 3,973 local COVID-19 cases, including 2,328 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Sunday morning, raising the country’s tally to 94,913, with 17,583 recoveries and 370 deaths. -- Three million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the U.S. via the COVAX scheme arrived in Vietnam early on Sunday morning. Another two million of the shots have been allocated to 53 provinces and cities for pandemic response. -- A total of 21 people from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long have … [Read more...] about Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – July 25
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?
The cooperation between India and five Mekong countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam is aimed to shore up cooperation in the areas of tourism, culture, education, and transport. India has committed to financing the Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) for other Mekong countries namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam at the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Mekong-Ganga Cooperation includes six countries. File photo The projects help bring about tangible results that contribute to improving people’s livelihoods across the sub-region, reported at the video conference on July 21 co-chaired by Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister for External Affairs of India and Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia. Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong countries welcomed India’s assistance to the region under the QIPs since its inception in 2015. … [Read more...] about Mekong-Ganga Cooperation shows India’s extended assistance to regional countries