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Australia to donate 1.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam

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Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan pose for a photo. Australia will donate AUD40 million, or some US$30 million, and 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam – PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Australia has said it will donate AUD40 million, or some US$30 million, and 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam to help it stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Speaking at a meeting with Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan at the Government’s headquarters in Hanoi on July 13, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed his gratitude to Australia for its donation to Vietnam amid the raging Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister Dan Tehan said that Australia’s donation reflected the close relationship between the two countries. Australia pledges to continue accompanying Vietnam in the fight against Covid-19, the local media reported.

The strategic partnership between Vietnam and Australia has been developing strongly, with two-way trade rising an impressive 40% in the first five months of 2021, said the deputy prime minister.

At the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Minh also expected the two countries to soon complete the signing of 2021 strategic cooperation agreements to move toward sustainable development after the pandemic.

Besides, the deputy prime minister proposed Australia open its door wider to Vietnamese farm produce and encourage Australian firms to do business in Vietnam and offer support in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture and human resources.

In April, Australia and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund donated AUD13.5 million, or VND241 billion, to Vietnam for the country’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign.

Vietnam targets to vaccinate 70% of its population to reach herd immunity against Covid-19 by April 2022, so it will need 150 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. This year, the country expects to receive 105 million doses.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83129/australia-to-donate-15-million-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine-to-vietnam.html

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Đắk Lắk people provide food for those in need

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It is in challenging times that we see the best of people. And in Việt Nam, there is no shortage of do-gooders willing to help those in need. In Đắk Lắk volunteers and government officials are collected much-needed produce to send to localities hit hardest by the pandemic.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1002933/dak-lak-people-provides-foos-for-those-in-need.html

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Hospitals in HCMC told not to let Covid-19 patients die at home

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Doctors check the health condition of a Covid-19 patient. The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The HCMC Department of Health has written to the 115 Emergency Center, hospitals and Covid-19 treatment facilities asking them not to let patients die at home as a result of being denied admission or delays in being transported to hospitals for treatment.

Besides, the municipal department ordered these units to readily admit and treat Covid-19 patients, the local media reported.

The hospitals, Covid-19 treatment centers and the 115 Emergency Center must be open round the clock so that residents can access treatment or medical checkups.

In addition, doctors were told to prepare for screening to determine which patients need a referral for treatment.

Moreover, the municipal department asked hospitals and healthcare centers to proactively add more beds, stretchers and oxygen masks to serve patients to prevent their condition from worsening due to delayed treatment.

The heads of these units were tasked with informing their employees of the order and asking them to work toward minimizing the Covid-19 death rate. The heads will assume responsibility for cases in which patients die at home as a result of hospitals denying treatment or delaying admission.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/83571/hospitals-in-hcmc-told-not-to-let-covid-19-patients-die-at-home.html

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Four men rob garbage collector of motorbike in Hanoi

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Four men were caught on CCTV robbing a sanitation worker of her motorbike in Hanoi early on Tuesday morning despite the victim’s plea for mercy.

A police official in Nam Tu Liem District confirmed to Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper later the same day that officers were investigating the case and hunting for the suspects.

The crime took place at around 3:25 am, when Le Thi Tram, a 39-year-old employee of Hanoi Urban Environment Company (URENCO), was driving her motorbike to collect garbage.

After reaching a section of Dai Mo Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Tram saw four men who were traveling on two motorbikes in the opposite direction.

They screamed at the woman as they passed her, before turning around and blocking her path.

One of the men threatened Tram and forced her to hand over the key of her motorcycle.

Although Tram cried and begged for their mercy, the men eventually left with her vehicle.

The victim later reported the crime to local police.

“The motorbike was old, but my husband and I had worked very hard to afford it,” Tram said during an interview with Tien Phong.

“It was the most valuable asset of our family.”

As Tram is still traumatized by the incident, her husband has been taking her to work and assisting her in the job.

Tram is part of a 23-member Dai Mo sanitation team, which is under the management of URENCO, said Lai Thi Minh Ly, the team leader.

Most of the sanitation workers in the team have to work at midnight or very early in the morning.

“I have told my team to be cautious while on the job. Hopefully, competent authorities will soon catch the suspects,” Ly stated.

Tram was gifted a new motorbike by the Nam Tu Liem District police unit on Wednesday morning.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210804/four-men-steal-rob-garbage-collector-of-motorbike-in-hanoi/62417.html

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