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Việt Nam, the US celebrate progress on partnership addressing war legacies



Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lt General Nguyễn Chí Vịnh listens to a report about initial dioxin-remediation results in the Biên Hòa Airbase area. Photo courtesy of USAID

HCM CITY— Over the past year, 1,134 cubic metres of dioxin-contaminated sediment were removed from a lake in a Biên Hoà City public park, according to officials speaking at an event held to celebrate initial dioxin-remediation results in the Biên Hòa Airbase area, highlighting the US and Việt Nam’s commitment toward resolving war legacies.

The event was organised earlier this week by the US Mission to Việt Nam, Đồng Nai Province People’s Committee, Việt Nam’s Air Defense Air Force Command (ADAFC), and the Ministry of National Defense.

In the coming weeks, after restoration of grass and trees in the park, USAID and ADAFC will hand back the land to Biên Hòa City. This result is the first milestone achieved through the $300 million US Government commitment to restoring the airbase and surrounding areas, which will take 10 years to complete.

USAID and ADAFC also signed an additional land handover agreement which will focus on the removal of contaminated sediment over the next two years on the airbase.

The US Government, through USAID and Government of Vietnam partners, including the National Action Center for Chemical and Environmental Treatment, has also launched a project to provide support for persons with disabilities in eight priority provinces.

USAID has committed $65 million for the project over the next five years to ensure that persons with disabilities can fully participate in society while improving their overall quality of life.

The US Government, through USAID and Government of Vietnam partners, including the National Action Center for Chemical and Environmental Treatment, on January 20 launched a project to provide support for persons with disabilities in eight priority provinces. VNA/.Photo Nguyễn Văn Việt

In addition, the US Government, through USAID, signed a letter of intent with the Office of the Standing Board for the National Steering Committee on Overcoming the Post-war Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical Consequences (called Office 701) in Việt Nam to guide future cooperation and collaboration on joint war-legacy communications.

US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink said: “While the scale of this initial success may seem small compared to the overall remediation challenge ahead, this achievement is notable as the first time we have remediated land outside of Ministry of National Defense control. Our successful cooperation with local authorities off-base gives me confidence that we will achieve our goal of remediating dioxin contamination throughout the Biên Hòa Airbase area.”

“One way we can work to maintain and strengthen this commitment is to share with the Vietnamese and American people the beneficial impact of our cooperation to overcome the legacies of war. That’s why I am also happy to witness today the signing of a letter of intent between USAID and Office 701 to systematically communicate our joint success in overcoming the legacies of the past,” he said.

Deputy Minister of Defence Senior Lt General Nguyễn Chí Vịnh said: “The event is a first step and important milestone in co-operation between Việt Nam and the US to resolve war legacies in the upcoming time.” 



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



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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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases



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.


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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam



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


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