Health workers in the northern province of Quảng Ninh vaccinating a disabled person. — VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s total administered COVID-19 vaccinations surpassed 180 million doses on Friday, according to the National Portal for COVID-19 Vaccines, ten days after hitting 170 million mark. In the past ten days, about 10 million doses have been administered, a daily average of one million shots. So far, 163,453,474 shots have been given to adults (people aged 18 years and above), of which; 70,577,320 were first doses, 67,607,576 were second does, 9,442,342 were additional doses and 15,826,236 were booster doses. Most provinces and cities in the country (49 out of 63) have more than 90 per cent vaccine coverage among the adult population. The remaining 14 provinces – Thanh Hóa, Phú Thọ, Vĩnh phúc, Hải Dương, Hòa Bình, Cao Bằng, Điện Biên, Bình Định, Phú Yên, Kon Tum, Tây Ninh, Trà Vinh, Bình Dương, and Sơn La – range between 80-90 per cent. Over 16 million doses have … [Read more...] about Việt Nam surpasses 180 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered
Passengers on international flights coming to and exiting Vietnam, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, will no longer have to take a rapid coronavirus test before or after their flight. The Government Office issued on Friday a new document on the implementation of regular international flights carrying passengers to and from Vietnam. The document included the abolition of the requirement that international passengers must take a rapid COVID-19 test before or after their flight. Airlines had complained about the disadvantages of the requirement since its introduction at the beginning of this year. In Friday’s document, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh also approved increasing the frequency of regular commercial flights carrying passengers to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan and expanding the markets in the ongoing pilot program of flight resumption to Europe and Australia to meet the needs of overseas Vietnamese, who want to return to the homeland to celebrate … [Read more...] about Vietnam stops conducting rapid COVID-19 tests on int’l passengers
Health authorities of Ho Chi Minh City, in southern Vietnam, have proposed local administration allow COVID-19 patients in minor conditions or without symptoms to self-isolate at home upon their arrival from abroad. The municipal Department of Health made the proposal as most people with COVID-19 entering Vietnam recently, including those carrying the Omicron variant, have shown light conditions or no symptoms at all. Further, most of them wish to be quarantined at home or clinics at their choice. The agency also said the number of people coming to Vietnam by air has been on the rise, as the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday will come in several days. Under current regulations, people positive for the coronavirus when entering Vietnam will be sent to Field Hospital No. 12 or the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases for treatment. However, local health authorities proposed relaxing the rules to meet the aspirations of arrivals, including foreigners, foreign consular … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City mulls over home quarantine for entrants with mild COVID-19 illness
Vietnam coffee prices edged down amid dull trade ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, while trade has not yet picked up in Indonesia as stocks remain low until at least March, traders said on Thursday. Farmers in the Central Highlands sold coffee at VND38,800 to VND40,200 ($1.71 to $1.78) per kg, little changed from last week's range of VND38,800 to VND40,700. "Prices are declining on increasing supplies but tepid demand," said a trader in the coffee belt, adding that prolonged supply chain disruptions contributed to lacklustre trade. "Farmers are holding on to beans as they are not under pressure to sell for the upcoming long holiday anymore. Some have already shut their shops." Markets in Vietnam will close next week for the holiday and traders said export activities would not resume until it ended. Traders in Vietnam offered 5% black and broken grade 2 robusta at discounts of $270 to $280 per metric ton to the May contract, versus a range of $250 to $270 a week … [Read more...] about Asia Coffee — Tepid trade in Vietnam ahead of holiday, scarce supplies in Indonesia
Vietnam has received an additional 6.27 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and the UK, according to UNICEF Vietnam. The batch of vaccine has arrived in Vietnam. Photo: Unicef. Of the total, up to 4,000,230 doses of BioNTech/Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were donated by the Government of Germany, 99,450 doses of BioNTech/Pfizer came from by the Government of Luxembourg, 159,120 doses of BioNTech/Pfizer were given by the Government of Portugal and 2,012,960 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine were donated by the UK, all through the COVAX Facility. German Ambassador to Vietnam Dr. Guido Hildner said: “Germany has donated vaccines and medical equipment to Vietnam on several occasions in 2021. With this new shipment of over 4 million doses of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine via COVAX, Germany continues its ongoing support to Vietnam to fight and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.” He noted that in 2022, Germany will continue to show solidarity with Vietnam in the … [Read more...] about Four European countries donate 6.27 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam
Another year! You survived one more rotation of the earth! And you’re still in one piece! Today is a great one to celebrate regardless of the condition of your bank account, love life or job – you are still alive! Amazing, isn’t it! Yayyy! I know you are feeling okay because you’re actually able to read this. If you are still hung over from New Year’s Eve, sleeping it off or passed out in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, clearly you have no idea what I’m writing about. Eggs, bacon and one Bloody Mary, please! I wonder what do vegans use for a hang-over cure? So what’s in store for 2019? Well, for expats, more visa runs. For the Viet Kieu, more haggling over new hotel construction contracts and for the locals, time to start a new business! Probably a shop selling the same thing as the other fifty shops in the same street. At least Vietnamese are optimists! Depends on how you want to look at it… are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you read a lot of fake news? Is your life … [Read more...] about New Year’s Day…Here we go again!