The foreign enterprises shift their focus from surviving the pandemic to developing in the new normal. Six European enterprises have won awards for their resilience and contribution to Vietnam’s fight against the pandemic at the European Night-Business Resilience Awards 2021. Delegates at the event. Photo: EuroCham Vietnam For the best initiative to support Vietnam during the fourth wave of Covid-19, Becamex , Binh Duong-based industrial infrastructure developer, and Annam Group were recognized for their contributions to the country’s fight against the pandemic. The winners for best management initiative to support workers and their families were De Heus, a Dutch animal nutrition supplier, and Bosch, a German supplier, for their efforts in aiding staff not only through livelihoods support but also through policies ensuring their health and well-being during the recent outbreak. Two of the leading agri-food companies, Orlar and Les Vergers du … [Read more...] about EuroCham members win business resilience awards
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In a letter sent to all 63 cities and provinces Monday, the ministry stated the pandemic situation has grown more complex in many countries, especially with the appearance of the mutated strain Omicron, or B.1.1.529 Covid variant, first sequenced in South Africa and designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a top Variant of Concern (VOC). The WHO stated last week the variant had been detected in at least 38 countries and territories. Though it is not yet confirmed if Omicron would cause more severe Covid-19 conditions, it has been said the strain is more transmissible compared to Delta and previous strains as it carries many mutations, said Tran Dac Phu, a senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center under the ministry. Therefore, it is necessary to stay alert because the highly contagious strain could overload the nation's healthcare system, he said. The ministry requested localities to keep strengthening Covid-19 prevention and control measures, … [Read more...] about Omicron risk ‘very high’: Health Ministry
"As per the city’s policy and recommendation by the health sector, after vaccination, students with antibodies will return to schools," Tran The Cuong, director of the municipal Department of Training and Education, told a meeting of the city's legislators. Last week, Hanoi had suspended the use of the Pfizer vaccine from two batches in a campaign to immunize children from 12 to under 18 against Covid-19. Numbered 124001 and 123002, the batches originally had the expiration date of November 30. However, upon a request by Pfizer Vietnam, the Drug Administration of Vietnam extended the use of the batches by another three months. The doses had to be in cold storage of between minus 90 and minus 60 degrees Celsius. The doses were distributed by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to Hanoi and several other provinces on November 25. For now, the capital city has covered 94.1 percent and 65.08 percent of high-school and secondary students, respectively, with the first … [Read more...] about Hanoi urges parents to get children vaccinated
In a plan submitted Tuesday, the ministry proposed that the resumption will be carried out with two trial phases. The first phase starting Dec. 15 will see flights resumed between Vietnam and San Francisco or Los Angeles (the U.S.), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Vientiane (Laos), Beijing (China), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), and Taipei (Taiwan). Those are markets with the most important political and economic cooperation relations with Vietnam, with a high number of investors, experts, and laborers wishing to work and explore business investment opportunities in Vietnam, said the ministry. In addition, the number of Vietnamese citizens living, studying and working in those destinations are having a high demand for repatriation, it said. During the first phase, which is proposed to last two weeks, four flights will be operated on each route per week from either direction. Only Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC and Noi Bai in Hanoi will be serving … [Read more...] about Vietnam plans int’l flight resumption from Dec 15
Asia was the first to experience the virus, the first to exit lockdown, and now has new spikes. Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lockdowns and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience new groups of infections, with clusters from nightclubs in Seoul, the Russia-China border, and elsewhere. Although it is early for conclusions, can lessons be learned? 1. Wave, spike or cluster - it's unavoidable Terms such as second wave, spikes or clusters of cases are bandied around, but what do they mean? Medically, a second wave refers to the resurgence of infection in a different part of a population after an initial decrease. The WHO says past pandemics have been characterised by "waves of activity spread over months". In Asia, we have been seeing isolated clusters and regional spikes in infection numbers. and it is hard to predict how they will develop. But for Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College, London, a second … [Read more...] about Coronavirus ‘second wave’: What lessons can we learn from Asia?
Vietnam Economic Forum scheduled for December 5 The event will take place at the International Convention Centre in Hanoi on December 5 to review Vietnam’s economic development in 2020-2021, and policies adopted to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it will give insight into the trend of economic restructuring and changes in production and business models due to pandemic impacts, along with policies that have been rolled out in the world to tackle COVID-19, thus withdrawing lessons for Vietnam in this regard. The organisers launched the official website of the forum, at diendankinhte.quochoi.vn, in Vietnamese and English languages. Reference exchange rate stays stable on Dec. 3 The State Bank of Vietnam set the daily reference exchange rate at 23,117 VND/USD on December 3, unchanged from the previous day. With the current trading band of +/-3 percent, the ceiling rate applicable to commercial banks during the day is 23,812 VND/USD and the floor … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 3