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
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Delegates launch a programme for establishing diagnostic methods, strengthening treatment and developing guidelines for hereditary angioedema (HAE) in Việt Nam.— Photo courtesy of the programme HÀ NỘI — A programme establishing diagnostic methods, strengthening treatment and developing guidelines for hereditary angioedema (HAE) has been launched in Việt Nam. The programme is funded by the ‘Project for Global Extension of Medical Technologies, Systems and Services in 2021’, conducted by the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine under Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, with Takeda as the training provider. HAE is a rare genetic disorder that results in recurrent attacks of oedema – swelling – in various parts of the body, including the abdomen, face, feet, genitals, hands and throat. In Việt Nam, there are about 50 HAE patients at Bạch Mai General Hospital – the only specialist treatment centre for the disease in the country. Experts estimate that Việt Nam … [Read more...] about Hereditary angioedema treatment programme launched in Việt Nam
Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic product import-export hits over $82bil Vietnam’s agro-forestry-aquatic product exports and imports were estimated at nearly 82.67 billion USD in the first 11 months of this year, up 24.7 percent annually. Of the figure, around 43.48 billion USD was worth of exports, up 14.2 percent while nearly 39.18 billion USD was from imports, up 39 percent, resulting in a trade surplus of roughly 4.3 billion USD, down 56.5 percent year-on-year. The US was the biggest export market of Vietnam with over 11.9 billion USD, or 27.5 percent of the market share. It was followed by China with around 8.4 billion USD, accounting for 19.2 percent, and Japan with nearly 3 billion USD, or 6.9 percent. Share plunge as Omicron worries local investors Vietnamese shares plunged on Friday as the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant dampened investor sentiment, triggering worries about hits to a nascent economic recovery. The market benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS DECEMBER 4
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?
If approved, the loans will be given to people from poor and near-poor households so they can meet their needs in buying food, daily-life items, medical examinations and treatment, and means of transportation. Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Bank for Social Policy Bui Van Son said that, at the end of August, the municipal Bank for Social Policy sent an official dispatch to the local Department of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs asking the department to advise and submit to the HCM City People's Committee a package of interest-free consumer support loans for citizens. Specifically, the program is expected to be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. However, there has been no response. In 2022, the HCM City Bank for Social Policies said it will continue to pursue this recommendation. If approved, the loans will be given to people from poor and near-poor households so they can meet their needs in buying food, daily-life items, medical … [Read more...] about HCM City proposes 0% interest loan package for the poor
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