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US hands over 36 freezers to assist Vietnam in storing COVID-19 vaccines

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The United States has transferred 36 ultra-low temperature freezers, part of a support package worth about US$1 million, to Vietnam to assist the country in COVID-19 vaccine storage.

The 36 freezers were handed over to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health during a ceremony at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) in Hanoi on Tuesday.

They were the first of 111 ultra-low temperature, medical-grade storage units that the U.S. Department of Defense had pledged to provide to Vietnam with a total value of approximately $1 million.

At the event, Christopher Klein, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, praised the relationship between the two countries, stating that both sides have been helping each other to combat COVID-19.

Vietnam donated a large amount of medical supplies to the U.S. when the latter went through the worst period in the fight against COVID-19 last year, Klein continued.

Christopher Klein, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi, talks with Dang Duc Anh, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

Christopher Klein (R), Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi, talks with Dang Duc Anh, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

The best thing about these freezers is that they will greatly improve Vietnam’s capacity and flexibility in distributing and storing vaccines across the country, he added.

Along with millions of doses of vaccines that have been sent to Vietnam, this support not only means to help a friend in need, but also gives hope in repelling the pandemic.

Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong highlighted the significance of the donation, considering it is a meaningful gesture for the Vietnamese government and people amid the current pandemic.

“A lot of vaccines have been coming to Vietnam, but the country still lacks proper storage and preservation equipment,” Cuong said.

An ultra-low temperature freezers is pictured at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

An ultra-low temperature freezer is pictured at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

The U.S. government has provided 9.5 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Vietnam via the COVAX Facility, the official continued.

Along with the vaccine support, the ultra-low temperature freezers will offer a great source of encouragement for the country to push back the pandemic, he added.

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

Of the 77 freezers to be delivered to Vietnam, 14 will remain at NIHE for national-level distribution and 63 are being sent to regional distribution centers throughout the country.

The remaining 34 units will be given to the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City at the request of the institute.

An ultra-low temperature freezers is pictured at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

An ultra-low temperature freezer is pictured at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

A bottle of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is taken out of an ultra-low temperature freezer at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is taken out of an ultra-low temperature freezer at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi, October 12, 2021. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tien Phong

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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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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

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