By Phan Thao – Translated by Kim Khanh
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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Finance has submitted proposals to authorities regarding the issuance of taxation and land lease policies to tackle difficulties and promote production and trade amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, the ministry proposed the Government issue Decree No 44/2021/ND-CP dated March 31, 2021 guiding the inclusion of financial donations to COVID-19 prevention and control activities in the list not subject to corporate income taxes for 2020 and 2021, with an estimated cut of nearly 170 billion VND (7.39 million USD) per year.
According to the ministry, the pandemic is taking a toll on economic sectors nationwide, especially tourism, aviation, and transportation.
It will continue to perfect mechanisms, improve the efficiency of its apparatus, step up administrative reform, and modernise the taxation and customs sectors, thus creating favourable conditions for businesses to grow.
Head of the General Department of Taxation ’s Department of Tax Filing and Accounting Le Thi Duyen Hai said the finance ministry has directed the taxation sector to review the impact of tax policies on production and trade as well as State budget collections.
30,000 workers from virus-hit Bac Giang to return home
The Saigon Times
|An industrial zone worker in Bac Giang Province gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents in Bac Giang will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15 – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents of Bac Giang Province, which is the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest coronavirus wave in Vietnam, will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15.
The returnees include workers who are pregnant or are raising children younger than six months of age; the elderly with underlying conditions; recovered Covid-19 patients; people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases, completed quarantine requirements, tested negative for the virus and are eligible for home quarantine, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Besides this, workers in lockdown areas who have undergone Covid-19 RT-PCR tests with negative results many times and want to come back home are entitled to return.
According to a local official, when the pandemic broke out in this northern province, the authorities had adopted measures to retain over 60,000 workers in the province to prevent the disease from spreading to other localities. The authorities then offered support to the workers to help them weather the pandemic.
However, the 22,000 people in concentrated quarantine centers, especially at the major coronavirus hotspot of Viet Yen, due to their exposure to Covid-19 patients, have made it difficult for the authorities to offer adequate medical care to them. Accordingly, the local authorities are working with their counterparts in various localities in the country to take the workers back to their hometowns.
Nguyen Tien Coi, director of the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that local industrial zones are maintaining their operations, while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, but their demand for employees remains low. Around 10,000 employees are eligible to return to work, but in reality, only a half have tasks to do.
Coi added that returnees can go back to Bac Giang for work when their employers resume full operations.
He revealed that Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Ha Tinh cannot say no to returnees at the time as the pandemic is raging in these areas, while other provinces and cities are planning to receive the returnees.
In case Bac Giang fails to reduce the number of workers by half as planned, it will prioritize carrying workers to their hometowns which accounts for a large number of workers coming to Bac Giang such as Cao Bang and Thai Nguyen at over 3,000 workers and Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Ha Giang, at 2,000-3,000 workers each.
The relevant localities will need to support Bac Giang to arrange vehicles to transport the returnees and have to take measures to minimize transmission.
At the talks, General Giang congratulated General Sergey Shoygu on Russia’s National Day (June 12) and extended his best wishes to all officers and the ranks in the Russian Armed Forces.
Giang also thanked the Russian Defense Minister for sending a letter of congratulations to him over his promotion to defense minister and invited the Russian minister to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time this year.
The Vietnamese Defense Minister affirmed that the phone talk will create a new impetus for the further development of bilateral defense cooperation, contributing to strengthening the long-standing traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.
He said that the Vietnamese Party, State, people and military always bear in mind the valuable support of the Russian armed forces and people to the Vietnamese people’s struggles for national independence in the past and current national construction and defense cause.
For his part, General Sergei Shoigu once again congratulated General Giang on his appointment as defense minister and expressed his belief that in his current post, Giang will continue making significant contributions to developing the relationship between the two nations in general and two militaries in particular.
At the talks, the two sides highly appreciated the history of the two countries’ relationship, including the bilateral defense ties and their willingness to preserve and promote their bilateral traditional friendship as well as the Vietnam – Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.
Over the past time, the two defense ministries have effectively implemented high-level agreements and cooperation contents through exerting efforts in building specific cooperation plans and programs as well as strengthening their existing cooperation mechanisms and frameworks.
The two defense ministers agreed to carry out prioritized cooperation contents, including training, participation in multilateral activities hosted by the Russian side, COVID-19 prevention and control, scientific research within the Vietnam-Russia Tropical Centre, and cooperation between the General Department of Political Affairs of the Vietnam People’s Army and the Directorate for Political-Military Affairs of the Russian Armed Forces.
Translated by Tran Hoai
Particularly, the hospital’s personnel successfully performed a simulated emergency situation, stressed Yasmin Zulfiqar Bhatti, Head of Force Medical Officer (FMO) and head of the assessment mission.
According to the simulated situation, the hospital received and treated troops injured in a fight outside the hospital. Thanks to good preparations, the hospital’s personnel worked together to deal with the simulated situation.
After checking the Vietnamese field hospital’s procedures for patient reception, examination and treatment and reading patients’ letters of assessment of Vietnamese medical workers, the mission complimented the hospital’s professional working style and its personnel’s professional competence.
Head of the mission Ms. Bhatti also reminded the hospital’s personnel to strictly observe the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations to avoid virus infection.
At the meeting with the hospital’s representatives, the UNMISS’s mission was also briefed on the hospital’s task performance over the past time.
Particularly, since it was deployed to South Sudan two months ago, the hospital has successfully conducted two acute appendicitis operations.
Recently, a surgical team of the Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 used an anesthetic technique of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block to successfully conduct an acute appendicitis surgery.
Expressing her admiration for Vietnamese medical workers, Ms. Bhatti voiced her strong belief that with professional competence, personnel of the Level-2 Field Hospital Rotation 3 of Vietnam will successfully fulfil their assigned missions, contributing to ensuring good health for peacekeepers in the country.
She also pledged to create favorable conditions and provide support for the hospital to develop it as a reliable medical establishment in the locality.
Translated by Tran Hoai
The vaccine called Comirnaty is developed from the messenger RNA or mRNA, which contains the instructions for human cells to construct a harmless piece of the coronavirus called the spike protein.
Pfizer Vietnam suggested for the vaccine to be approved, with the green light given by Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan on Saturday, making it the fourth coronavirus vaccine allowed in Vietnam after the U.K.’s AstraZeneca, Russia’s Generium and China’s Sinopharm.
Based on evidence from clinical trials among people aged 16 years and older, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95 percent effective and requires two doses given 21 days apart, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The health ministry said Pfizer Vietnam is responsible for cooperating with vaccine manufacturers to ensure its production, safety and quality.
The company will also cooperate with the Administration of Science, Technology and Training under the health ministry to evaluate the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness, and with the National Institute for Control of Vaccines and Biologicals to evaluate the jab by providing samples and other relevant materials, before the vaccine could be put into use.
Earlier, the ministry stated it had secured a deal to get 31 million Pfizer vaccine doses this year.
Vietnam is also among 92 countries and territories the U.S. will donate Pfizer–BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine shots to by June of next year, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said Friday.
Vietnam has been using the AstraZeneca vaccine for its inoculation program, under which over 1.3 million people have gotten shots so far.
It aims to secure 150 million vaccine doses this year to cover 70 percent of its population.