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Massive ring selling smuggled goods via livestreaming in northern region busted

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Tran Huu Linh (R), head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, inspects a product at a warehouse in Hanoi – PHOTO: VIETNAM DIRECTORATE OF MARKET SURVEILLANCE

HCMC – The Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance on June 22 raided eight warehouses and business facilities in Hanoi and Hung Yen Province, seizing around 40 tons of smuggled goods stocked by vendors for being sold via livestreaming.

The raid was led by Tran Huu Linh, head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance, in coordination with the Hanoi City police. The forces confiscated hundreds of thousands of products without a clear origin, mainly cosmetics, fashion items and household appliances that were offered for sale via livestreaming.

The first team directly led by Tran Huu Linh raided a large-scale warehouse owned by Tran Tien Quang. The owner reportedly imported the products from South Korea and Japan into Vietnam through the Haiphong port and gathered them in the northern province of Hung Yen, where the goods were divided into smaller groups to be transported to Hanoi for consumption.

Besides this, the products were mainly consumed via e-commerce platforms, especially via livestreaming on fanpages such as “Chego Shop – The Gioi hang Nhat”, “Chego hang Nhat EU” and were also traded via mobile apps including Zalo and Viber.

After inspecting the scene, the forces tallied 93,400 products, which were mainly cosmetics, food items, supplements and wine that were produced overseas. All of the goods had no invoices or legal certificates of origin at the time of inspection.

Concurrently, seven other teams of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance and the Hanoi police raided other warehouses and business facilities located in Hanoi.

At a warehouse located in Hanoi’s Long Bien District and owned by Bui Quyet Thang, the forces found that hundreds of products, mainly fashion items, cosmetics, food, supplements, medicines and essential consumer items were stacked in heaps.

Meanwhile, a large number of products had been packaged with the receivers’ names, addresses, phone numbers and the product name being printed on the label of the products. The forces then seized nearly 3,200 products including cosmetics and food items made overseas but with no invoices, worth some VND400 million.

At another warehouse named “Shop Thuy top” also owned by Bui Quyet Thang, the forces discovered 495 clothing products suspected to be counterfeits of famous global fashion brands such as Gucci, Chanel and LV worth VND60 million. These products were chiefly sold via livestreaming on Facebook pages with tens of thousands of followers.

The forces continued raiding a business facility owned by Vu Thi Thanh Mai in Long Bien District and found many imported canned milk products. Mai showed the forces many invoices and other documents pertaining to the products. However, after an inspection, the forces seized 4,130 cosmetics and food items having no invoices.

According to Le Viet Phuong from the Hanoi Department of Market Surveillance, this is one of the biggest interprovincial raids being directly led by the head of the Vietnam Directorate of Market Surveillance.

Overall, the forces seized some 40 tons of goods including 123,425 items showing signs of violations. They were working to tackle the case in line with prevailing regulations.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/82725/massive-ring-selling-smuggled-goods-via-livestreaming-in-northern-region-busted.html

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Girl falls to death at apartment building in Hanoi

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A 12-year-old girl died after falling from the 12th floor to the third floor of an apartment building in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at the HH4C building in Linh Dam apartment complex in Hoang Mai District at around 10:00 pm on the same day.

Residents of the building heard a loud bang at that time and ran outdoors to check.

At the skylight area on the third floor, they saw a girl lying immobile.

The victim died on the spot, according to local authorities.

She was later verified to live in a flat on the 12th floor of the apartment building, a representative of its management board told Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper on Wednesday morning.

The girl was determined to have fallen from the window ventilator of her flat to the skylight.

“The girl’s parents had separated,” the management board’s representative said.

“During their investigation, the authorities discovered a suicide note allegedly written by the girl.”

Hoang Mai District police are investigating to clarify the cause of the incident.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210804/girl-falls-to-death-at-apartment-building-in-hanoi/62418.html

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Health ministry told Nanogen to submit human trials data to health ministry before August 15 for reviews

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The health ministry on Monday asks HCM City-based biopharmaceutical company Nanogen, developer of the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine Nano Covax, to submit results of phase 2 and initial phase 3 trials to be reviewed for emergency approval.

Health ministry told Nanogen to submit human trials data to health ministry before August 15 for reviews
Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan (middle) inspects a vial of Nano Covax, the frontrunner of the Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine. — Photo from the Ministry of Health

Deputy Health Minister Tran Van Thuan, leader of the ministry’s special task force on clinical trials and development of COVID-19 vaccines, made the request during a progress meeting with experts, as the country deals with a severe fourth wave of infections while vaccine supply is still limited amid a global shortage.

The meeting included leaders of the Department of Science and Technology-Training (under the health ministry), the Military Medical Academy, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, and the Pasteur Institute in HCM City and was held to review the current progress and find ways to facilitate the clinical trials and push for reports on data of phase 1, 2, 3 (a, b) of the Nano Covax vaccine. 

Phase 3 trials are being conducted with 13,000 volunteers, divided into two phases, 3a with 1,000 people and 3b with 12,000 people.

13,000 first doses in phase 3 have been administered, with the second dose expected to be completed before mid-August, according to the company.

Surrogate virus neutralisation tests (sVNT) for the 1,000 people involved in phase 3a, revealed 100 per cent production of neutralising antibodies at levels higher than 30 per cent, but further monitoring is needed.

In tandem with applying for conditional approval for emergency use, Nanogen is also requesting the health ministry to consider phase 3c trials, which would involve 500,000 to 1 million volunteers. Trials of the vaccine on children 12-18 years old would be conducted once the full approval is obtained.

Deputy Minister Thuan said the ministry is anticipating the domestically researched and manufactured COVID-19 vaccine will help protect the health and lives of the Vietnamese people, be more proactive in vaccine rollout and reduce dependency on foreign vaccine imports.

“The good news is the [Nano Covax] vaccine seems to be safe and can elicit high level of [SARS-CoV-2] neutralising antibodies,” he said. “But we have not yet had enough data on the protective properties of the vaccine, more time and more study is needed.”

The Ministry of Health has always supported and created the most favourable conditions for companies and individuals to participate in the production of COVID-19 vaccines, having mobilised many industry-leading scientists in the country’s to participate in the assessment of vaccines.

The health official wants Nanogen to submit a report on research results for phase 2 and initial phase 3, so that the National Ethics Committee in Biomedical Research could start evaluation for emergency approval for Nano Covax.

Source: Vietnam News

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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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