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Việt Nam ready to support Cambodia in fighting COVID-19 outbreaks: Health minister

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Health minister Nguyễn Thanh Long (centre) at the meeting with Cambodian counterpart Mam Bunheng. — VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam stands ready to support Cambodia in its fight against COVID-19 as the latter is experiencing a serious wave of infections.

Vietnamese health minister Nguyễn Thanh Long made the statement on Thursday morning during a virtual meeting with Cambodian counterpart Mam Bunheng.

Minister Long keeps in high regard Cambodia’s efforts to contain the outbreaks, and said one of the lessons of Việt Nam in the fight against the pandemic is to involve the entire political system and the public.

“All health centres tasked with the treatment of COVID-19 patients are connected via telehealth system so that [the medical staff] could discuss and diagnose the challenging cases,” Long said, adding that in the third wave of infections lasting from late January to March – recording the biggest number of cases since the pandemic began at nearly 900 – Việt Nam has not recorded any deaths from COVID-19.

Long said Cambodian health centres could make contact with Việt Nam if they require support and Việt Nam would be willing to deploy its doctors and experts to assist the treatment of patients.

He also stressed the critical need for medical supplies and protective gear for the frontline workers given the intensifying outbreaks in Cambodia, and said the Government of Việt Nam has decided to send to Cambodia 800 ventilators, two million medical masks, 300,000 N95 masks and other medical supplies.

“We will send these supplies to Cambodia as soon as possible. Vietnamese airlines would transport the products from Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport to Phnom Penh International Airport,” Long said, adding that this is the biggest donation Việt Nam has made to a country in support of their pandemic prevention and control efforts.

The health minister hoped his Cambodian counterpart would direct prevention and control efforts especially at the border areas with Việt Nam, given that Việt Nam has recorded many cases of illegal entrants from the neighbouring country which might risk sparking another outbreak here.

Minister Long hopes Cambodia would quickly prevail against the pandemic, protecting the health and lives of Cambodian people, including Vietnamese people residing and working in Cambodia.

He also thanked Cambodia for having provided necessary medical care for Vietnamese COVID-19 patients contracted in the country.

Speaking at the meeting, the Cambodian health minister Mam Bunheng expressed his thanks to Việt Nam for its support for Cambodia’s pandemic prevention and said there would be official exchanges on receiving support of Việt Nam through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Since the so-called February 20 Community Event earlier this year, Cambodia has recorded over 7,648 domestic cases, taking the tally to nearly 8,200, while throughout 2020, the country registered only 400 cases. 

The same day, the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its appreciation of the Vietnamese Government providing US$300,000 in humanitarian aid for its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The provision of the aid demonstrates the continuous development of the two countries’ traditional friendship, solidarity, and neighbourliness, the ministry said in a press release.

Vietnamese leaders believe that under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia will soon overcome this difficult time posed by the pandemic and emerge stronger.

The Cambodian Government and people sincerely thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their continuous assistance in the effort to fight the pandemic in Cambodia. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/930609/viet-nam-ready-to-support-cambodia-in-fighting-covid-19-outbreaks-health-minister.html

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Ho Chi Minh City to kick off largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination drive on weekend

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A mass coronavirus inoculation drive with over 800,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be carried out in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday at around 1,000 vaccination points, a high-ranking health official has said.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son made the statement on Thursday when he joined the municipal Pasteur Institute to inspect the storage of 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine jabs having been allocated by the central government to the city.

These doses, developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, are among nearly one million shots of the vaccine the Japanese government donated to Vietnam on Wednesday. 

This allocation reflected a priority the government and the National Vaccine Steering Board has given to the nine-million-strong city to help it expand the immunization coverage and thereby drive back the increasing COVID-19 spread, which has so far affected the entire southern city, Deputy Minister Son said. 

The vaccine doses underwent required tests lasting for 48 hours at the Vaccine Testing Institute for safety certification before use, the deputy minister said.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival in the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on late June 16, 2021.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 16, 2021.

The vaccination drive is expected to start on Saturday at 1,000 points of inoculation citywide and will last for five or seven days, making it the largest-ever mass COVID-19 immunization in the city.

The inoculation will be intended for priority subjects designated by the government and others including essential service providers, teachers, health workers, people working at administrative agencies, people over 65 years old, and workers at industrial parks and export processing zones.

Each point will vaccinate 200 people per day, which means a total of 200,000 people can receive injections per day.

City authorities have drawn up a plan to mobilize all possible health workers and facilities for the mass inoculation, the deputy minister said, adding that lists of vaccination must be made available within Friday.

“It is a principle that this mass immunization is conducted quickly but must ensure absolute safety for vaccinated people,” Son requested.

Ho Chi Minh City health authorities recently reported that around 11,000 locals have been vaccinated since June 3, bringing the total number of inoculated people to about 84,000 since the city began its immunization program on March 8.

Nationwide, nearly two million vaccine shots had been administered and 90,000 people had received the full two doses by Thursday, according to the health ministry’s data. 

The ministry confirmed 121 new coronavirus cases at noon on Friday, including 119 domestic and two imported cases, of which 59 were detected Ho Chi Minh City.

The new cases have taken the Southeast Asian country’s tally of patients to 12,352, including 62 deaths, since early 2020.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, the country has documented 9,114 domestic infections.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20210618/ho-chi-minh-city-to-kick-off-largestever-covid19-vaccination-drive-on-weekend/61597.html

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

Medical staffs take samples for Covid-19 test in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.


Health authorities confirmed 59 new local Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the national tally in the fourth wave starting April 27 to 9,173.

Of the new cases, 30 were recorded in HCMC, 19 in Bac Giang, six in Bac Ninh, three in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

All the cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh are associated with current outbreaks in the industrial parks there. The cases in HCMC and Ha Tinh are related to the previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam recorded 259 community transmissions in total Friday. Eighty discharges the same day raised the total number of recoveries to 4,733.

Of the 9,173 domestic cases recorded in 41 localities in the latest Covid-19 wave, Bac Giang, neighboring Bac Ninh and HCMC account for 5,083, 1,470 and 1,346, respectively.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-confirms-59-new-local-covid-19-cases-4296400.html

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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam

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Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son has signed a decision allowing three foreign centres for education quality accreditation to operate in Vietnam.

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FPT University completes quality accreditation in line with new assessment standards (Photo: FTU)

Accordingly, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN), which are based in Germany, will operate in Vietnam for five years.

Of the organisations, ASIIN and AQAS have been recognised by the German Accreditation Council.

FIBAA was licensed to implement evaluation and recognition of higher education establishments and programmes in the fields of law, business, management, social science and social and behavioral sciences.

Meanwhile, ASIIN will provide evaluation and recognition of higher education institutions and training programmes specialising in natural sciences, engineering and statistics, computing and information technology, educational science, and teacher training.

AQAS is allowed to evaluate and recognise higher education institutions and training programmes at all levels in line with Vietnam’s regulations./.

Source: VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/three-foreign-education-quality-accreditation-centres-licensed-in-vietnam-747112.html

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