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US donates two million Pfizer doses to Việt Nam, President Phúc thanks Joe Biden for COVID-19 help




UNICEF Representative in Việt Nam Rana Flowers holds a tray of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine vials being stored at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. The US has donated to Việt Nam two million Pfizer shots through COVAX mechanism in the past two weeks. UNICEF is key delivery partner of COVAX Facility. — Photo courtesy of UNICEF in Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI — The US has delivered to Việt Nam 1,999,530 shots of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a donation through COVAX in the past two weeks to assist the country’s pandemic fight.

These vaccine doses were delivered by COVAX directly from Pfizer’s manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Việt Nam on Wednesday.

A total of 1,209,780 doses arrived in two deliveries to HCM City on October 7 and October 8 and a total of 789,750 doses arrived in two deliveries to Hà Nội on October 8 and October 13.

Previously, the US donated 7.5 million doses to Việt Nam in four COVAX deliveries.

The latest shipments brought the total donations from the US to Việt Nam to 9.5 million, making it the largest vaccine donor to Việt Nam so far, followed by Japan (nearly 3.6 million doses of AstraZeneca), China (3.5 million doses of Sinopharm’s Vero Cell), and Germany (3.45 million doses of AstraZeneca).

“The United States and Việt Nam continue to build on our longstanding cooperation with nearly US$1 billion US Government investment in Việt Nam’s health infrastructure to strengthen Việt Nam’s capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the US has committed more than $26.7 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Việt Nam since the start of the pandemic,” the embassy statement reads.

More vaccine donations from the US to Việt Nam are planned, according to the US embassy.

On Tuesday, the health ministry’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hà Nội held a ceremony to receive 77 ultra-low temperature freezers donated by the US meant to store mRNA vaccines like Moderna and Pfizer, especially with the majority of Việt Nam’s order for 51 million Pfizer shots expected in the final quarter of the year and early next year.

These freezers are the first of 111 medical-grade storage units that the US Department of Defense is providing to the Government of Việt Nam, with a total value of approximately US$1 million.

The same day, Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sent a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden thanking the US Government for helping Việt Nam with vaccines, medicine and medical supplies and equipment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Phúc appreciates the efforts made by the Biden administration to support countries in the world in containing COVID-19 outbreaks and overcoming the difficulties brought by the pandemic.

He expressed a wish that the US would continue to assist Việt Nam in the fight against the pandemic, and that the US-based Pfizer would fulfil their contract of delivery of 31 million doses within 2021, as well as an additional 20 million that the Vietnamese health ministry wants to reserve for children aged 12-18 years old, as the company had committed during his visit to the company’s headquarters in New York last September.   

Việt Nam to date has administered nearly 56 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with over 16 million people having been fully inoculated.

Fifty-five per cent of people aged 18 and above has received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the health ministry.

The localities with highest first-dose coverage are mostly outbreak hot spots in the south like Long An (100 per cent), Khánh Hòa (99 per cent), HCM City (98.8 per cent), Đồng Nai (99 per cent), Bình Dương (96.7 per cent), along with the capital city of Hà Nội (95.4 per cent). —



PM hosts UN representatives in Việt Nam, asking for help in setting policies for safe COVID adaptation




Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính shakes hands with Kidong Park, UN Resident Coordinator, as he hosted a reception for chief representatives of UN organisations in Việt Nam on the occasion of the UN’s upcoming founding anniversary (October 24, 1945-2021). — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Thursday hosted a reception for Kidong Park, UN Resident Coordinator and interim, and chief representatives of UN organisations in Việt Nam on the occasion of the UN’s upcoming founding anniversary (October 24, 1945-2021).

At the event, Chính said Việt Nam highly valued the UN’s achievements since its establishment. The UN continued to play a very important role in preventing conflicts, upholding international law, promoting sustainable development and climate change response, and protecting human rights, he added.

The PM emphasised that Việt Nam always treasured the UN’s valuable assistance for the country over the past four decades.

At this difficult time of the country’s current fight against COVID-19, the UN’s aid had come in the forms of medical equipment and supplies, professional and policy advice on pandemic prevention and control, socio-economic recovery and development, with a commitment to supplying Việt Nam with 38.9 million doses of vaccines this year through the COVAX Facility and about 19 million realised to date.

He suggested that the UN organisations boost the COVAX Facility’s vaccine support for Việt Nam, promote vaccine production research and cooperation in the country, and provide medical supplies and assist Việt Nam in accessing treatment drugs.

Chính also asked the UN to offer resources and policy consultancy to help Việt Nam safely and flexibly adapt to and effectively control the pandemic; promote socio-economic recovery and development post-pandemic, transform its economic model, and ensure social security.

The Government leader affirmed that strengthening cooperation with and participation in the UN was a priority in the nation’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations, and proactive, comprehensive, extensive and effective international integration.

Việt Nam had been always an active member of the UN, contributing to the organisation’s joint efforts in response to global challenges, peace promotion, and sustainable development, Chính said.

The Prime Minister asked the UN to support Việt Nam in carrying out key tasks and strategic breakthroughs set out by the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Việt Nam.

Congratulating Việt Nam on controlling the fourth wave of COVID-19, the participating UN representatives expressed their impressions at the nation’s all-people approach to the pandemic fight and its treatment of COVID-19 patients.

They said they welcomed the Vietnamese Government’s resolution on recovery and safe adaptation to the pandemic, adding that the UN would continue to accompany and support the country in economic recovery and development.

They also appreciated the nation’s role, position and active participation in the UN Security Council and other UN mechanisms and forums, thereby contributing to consolidating and promoting peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.


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Vietnam responds to incident involving US submarines in East Sea



All activities at sea must fully comply with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other relevant regulations and practices in order to make positive contributions to maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea.

 The US Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (Photo: US Navy)

 The US Seawolf-class nuclear attack submarine USS Connecticut (Photo: US Navy)

Le Thi Thu Hang, spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement during a regular press briefing held on October 21 in Hanoi.

This comes following the nation learning about information about a United States nuclear submarine USS Connecticut hitting an unknown object and subsequently being damaged while operating in the East Sea in early October.

These statements come in response to a question regarding China’s CGTN channel releasing a video on October 19 of JH-7 aircraft of the naval aviation unit of the Southern Theater Command’s recent live-fire drills in the East Sea without specifying a specific location and time, Hang affirmed that, “Vietnam has consistently advocated that the East Sea be an area of peace, stability, cooperation and development on the basis of international law.”

Regarding the fact that the US Senate Committee for Foreign Relations passed bill S.1657 to sanction Chinese individuals and organisations involved in territorial disputes activities caused by the northern neighbour in the East and South China Seas, Hang said, “Vietnam’s consistent stance is that countries need to abide by international law, especially UNCLOS 1982, and respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states.”

Source: VOV


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Việt Nam highlights women’s role in peacekeeping, peacebuilding



Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý attended the UNSC’s open debate on “Investing in women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.” — VNA/ Photo

NEW YORK — A Vietnamese diplomat has highlighted the role of women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding and underscored the need to enhance the participation of women in all political, social and economic aspects during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday (US time).

It is crucial to value women’s experience, knowledge, understanding and expertise in all fields, including peace and security, by removing barriers and facilitating transition to promote women as equal partners since the start of any peace and political process, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the UN Ambassador Đặng Đình Quý told the UNSC’s open debate on “Investing in women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.”

The event was attended by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women); and Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

Women’s rights, interests and needs must be guaranteed and promoted at provincial, national and international levels, and women should be given necessary skills and knowledge to meaningfully participate in all aspects of life, he said.

Quý emphasised that it is the responsibility of all member states to implement the WPS Agenda. All the states must take more specific and drastic actions to ensure women’s role incorporated in legal frameworks, policies, strategies and initiatives on peace and security at the national, regional and global levels, he stated.

The diplomat went on to call on the community of donors to contribute a minimum of 15 per cent of its official development assistance (ODA) to advancing gender equality in conflict-affected countries. 

One of Việt Nam’s priorities is to foster the participation of women in all aspects of life, he said, noting that with their knowledge, wisdom, tolerance and understanding, women play a vital part in promoting a culture of peace and educating young people to appreciate peace.

Quý also took the occasion to highlight the contributions made by Vietnamese female military officers to peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. —


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