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US delivers nearly 392,000 more Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Vietnam

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The United States has delivered another batch of nearly 392,000 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shots to Vietnam, raising its total vaccine donations to the Southeast Asian country to 9.5 million doses.

“The United States is proud to support Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 by providing an additional 391,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on October 13,” the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on its verified Facebook page.

The U.S. has so far donated approximately 9.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Southeast Asian nation.

More vaccine shipments will be sent to Vietnam in the coming time, the U.S. Embassy stated.

Vietnam and the U.S. have been cooperating to improve the former’s capacity in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the diplomatic agency continued.

The collaboration is based on the long-term relationship between the two countries as well as the U.S.’s support worth nearly US$1 billion to help Vietnam develop its health infrastructure over the past years.

In addition, the U.S. has committed $26.7 million worth of assistance to support Vietnam since the start of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health received 36 out of 111 ultra-low temperature freezers that the U.S. Department of Defense had pledged to provide to Vietnam.

These freezers can reach -40 to -90 degrees Celsius, suitable for storing vaccines that require extremely cold temperatures.

Vietnam had documented 846,230 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 786,095 recoveries and 20,763 deaths.

More than 55.2 million vaccine doses have been administered since inoculation was rolled out in March, with over 16.1 million people fully vaccinated.

Health authorities aim to immunize at least two-thirds of its nearly 98 million population against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.

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Ministry asks localities to increase inter-provincial passenger transport

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Coaches at Gia Lâm station in Hà Nội’s Long Biên District. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport has issued a document asking People’s Committees of cities and provinces to coordinate on the implementation of temporary guidelines on transport activities.

The measures are to ensure safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has issued Resolution No.128/NQ-CP on temporary regulations on safe and flexible adaptation to and effective control of COVID-19. To implement the resolution, the Health Ministry has promulgated temporary medical guidance and the Transport Ministry has also released temporary guidelines on transport activities in the five areas of land, inland waterway, maritime, railway and aviation. 

Therefore, to ensure smooth and concerted transport activities, People’s Committees of cities and provinces were asked to direct local agencies and units to follow the ministry’s guidelines, and instruct departments of transport to increase passenger volume on fixed intra-provincial and inter-provincial routes licensed by the provincial authorities.

The ministry also suggested localities resume other routes depending on the local level of pandemic risk, while striving to maintain from 10 per cent to a maximum 50 per cent of licensed trips per month in line with requirements in the temporary guidelines.

In a report reviewing passenger transport activities on fixed routes during one week of resumption from October 13-18, the ministry said authorities of 48 provinces and cities had allowed the resumption of inter-provincial routes, while in 15 other localities, the transport departments had submitted plans to resume routes to the municipal/provincial authorities. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1063729/ministry-asks-localities-to-increase-inter-provincial-passenger-transport.html

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Ho Chi Minh City doctors excise over 100 tumors from woman’s abdomen

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Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital on Thursday removed more than 100 tumors weighing about five kilograms from the abdomen of a 50-year-old woman from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. 

Dr. Nguyen Van Tien, head of the surgery department at the hospital, said that the patient suffered a swollen, painful abdomen upon her admission.

She had noticed unusual signs about two years ago, but deferred seeking medical care for her abdominal pain over complicated COVID-19 developments in Ho Chi Minh City. 

It was not until the coronavirus pandemic was basically put under control in the southern city that the patient visited the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital.

After a consultation meeting, doctors diagnosed the patient with uterine sarcoma, a disease in which malignant cells form in the muscles of the uterus or other tissues that support the uterus, so they decided to perform a surgery on the woman to remove the tumors.

Surgeons took out a total of more than 100 tumors attached to the patient’s uterus, intestinal loops, junctions, grooves of the small intestine, colon, and renal fossa.

The tumors, which weighed about five kilograms in total, compressed and pushed the positions of many internal organs.

Dr. Tien recommended that people have their health checked periodically, especially when there are abnormal signs in their bodies, so that doctors can detect risks early and provide timely treatment or intervention.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20211022/ho-chi-minh-city-doctors-excise-over-100-tumors-from-womans-abdomen/63725.html

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Minor quake strikes Central Highlands region again

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A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit Kon Plong district of Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands on October 21 evening, according to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Institute of Geophysics.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.

The latest minor earthquake hits Kon Plong district on October 21 evening.
 

The quake shook the area at a depth of approximately 8.1km at around 20:21 and caused no injuries.

This is the third consecutive earthquake that has struck Kon Plong district since October 17.

Two subsequent quakes measuring 2.8 and 3.5 on the Richter scale jolted the district on October 17.

None of these minor earthquakes posed a natural disaster risk to the locality, said experts from Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre.

According to the centre, Kon Plong district had recorded dozens of earthquakes with a magnitude of no more than 4.0 from April to June 2021, causing no natural disaster risk.

The Institute of Geophysics has set up an additional monitoring station in order to better understand and promptly warn of dangerous geological phenomena, if any.

Source: VOV

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/minor-quake-strikes-central-highlands-region-again-785040.html

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