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Việt Nam receives 1.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine donated by the US

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Vials of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. — AFP/VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — An additional donation of 1,499,940 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been delivered by the US to help Việt Nam’s pandemic response, the US Embassy announced.

The vaccines were delivered through COVAX and arrived in Hà Nội late Saturday night directly from the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This delivery follows three previous donations totaling six million vaccine doses that the United States has provided to Việt Nam through the COVAX Facility, including five million Moderna doses and one million Pfizer doses that arrived during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip to the country.

“The United States and Việt Nam continue to build on our longstanding cooperation with more than US$1 billion investment in Việt Nam’s health infrastructure to strengthen Việt Nam’s capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” an announcement from the US Embassy said.

“In addition to these donations of 7.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the United States has committed more than $26.7 million in COVID-19 related assistance to Việt Nam since the start of the pandemic.”

As well as the 7.5 million vaccine doses the US donated through the COVAX Facility, Việt Nam has received 4,176,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX, not including other bilateral donations to the country sent through the facility.

The COVAX Facility is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations (CEPI), GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF as key delivery partners.

The United States is the largest single country contributor to COVAX, and through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US government has contributed $4 billion to support procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income economies.

At the Global COVID-⁠19 Summit on September 22, US President Joe Biden announced a bold new commitment by the US to supply an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, bringing the US total commitment of donated vaccines to over 1.1 billion.

To date, Việt Nam has received more than 60 million vaccine doses. It has administered 43,658,818 vaccine shots so far, with more than 10 million people fully vaccinated, or about 10 per cent of the total population. —

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1051823/viet-nam-receives-15-million-doses-of-pfizer-vaccine-donated-by-the-us.html

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

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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.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1063681/pm-hosts-un-representatives-in-viet-nam-asking-for-help-in-setting-policies-for-safe-covid-adaptation.html

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Vietnam responds to incident involving US submarines in East Sea

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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

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/maritime-sovereignty/vietnam-responds-to-incident-involving-us-submarines-in-east-sea-785041.html

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Việt Nam highlights women’s role in peacekeeping, peacebuilding

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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. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1063680/viet-nam-highlights-womens-role-in-peacekeeping-peacebuilding.html

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