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Vietnamese-Americans reckon it is time for their kids to get Covid shots



Vietnamese-Americans reckon it is time for their kids to get Covid shots

Thomas Lo (15) receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 at Northwell Health’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, U.S., May 13, 2021. Photo by Reuters

Many Vietnamese living in the U.S. want their children to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as new variants have caused a resurgence and people are dying in growing numbers.

Nine months after the U.S. began rolling out vaccines, 73 percent of the population aged above 12 have received at least one shot, and 63 percent have been fully vaccinated.

But health officials have not yet begun to vaccinate children under 12, who account for some 15 percent of the population.

This is a cause for worry for many parents who fear their children could contract and spread the coronavirus.

Kim Tuyen of Houston City, Texas, said: “My first child is eight years old and the second one is just a month old. Both are not old enough to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines. This makes me really worried.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15 in May.

The Moderna vaccine is now awaiting approval for use on children aged 12-17, and the FDA could soon give the green light, Business Insider magazine said.

Both Pfizer and Moderna began clinical trials on younger people in March, and the results of their studies have not yet been published.

Pfizer is expected to have data on the effectiveness of the vaccine for the 5-11 age group by the end of September.

Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, said the agency could “green light” vaccination of children under 12 in late fall or winter.

Tuyen said she supported immunization of children. “Pregnant women and children are the subjects that need more protection.”

She said she had received a Moderna vaccine and would get a second one in two weeks’ time. Vaccines make her feel more secure after the pandemic recently came roaring back in the U.S.

The world’s worst affected country has reported more than 41.5 million infections and 673,000 deaths. With the emergence of the Delta strain, the number of infections has increased sharply to more than 100,000 cases per day.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Thursday the high infection rate could somewhat hinder plans to return to normal life.

Phuong Nguyen, who lives in the city of Sugar Land, Texas, said: “I have two children, three years old and one and a half years old. If the vaccination plan is approved, I will have them vaccinated.”

He said he is quite worried since the Delta variant spreads rapidly.

The number of new infections in Texas in the seven days through September 9 averaged more than 19,000, up 16 percent from two weeks earlier, while the number of deaths increased by 36 percent, according to the New York Times.

Texas has recorded more than 3.78 million infections and nearly 59,500 deaths since the outbreak first began.

So far 70 percent of its population has had at least one vaccine shot and 59 percent have got two.

“Many people do not believe in vaccines and do not even believe there is a pandemic,” Tuyen said.

Tuyen added that she and her family also often wear masks, keep a safe distance from other people and limit going to crowded places to avoid the risk of infection.

Besides encouraging people to get vaccinated – including by offering inducements like $100 — the U.S. government is also mandating more stringent requirements to combat the Delta strain.

It will require companies with 100 or more employees to vaccinate all of them and conduct weekly Covid tests. This is expected to affect around 80 million people.

President Joe Biden said: “My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient.



President Phuc proposes solutions to provide vaccines for developing countries



President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has proposed a number of solutions for developing countries to have access to more COVID-19 vaccines at the Global COVID-19 Summit themed “Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better”.

President Phuc proposes solutions to provide vaccines for developing countries
Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, President Nguyen Xuan delivered a speech at the Global COVID-19 Summit held on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22 (New York time).

Vietnam is one of the few countries to be invited to speak at this important event.

In his speech, the Vietnamese State leader applauded the decision to establish a global health security financial intermediary fund initially worth US$10 billion this year to ensure resources for the battle against the COVID-19.

To cope with the pandemic, protecting people’s lives and health is the top priority so it is imperative to take drastic actions to early detect and quickly trace infection cases; promptly quarantine and provide effective treatment; improve testing capacity; ensure oxygen, ventilators and medicines; and particularly conduct large-scale vaccinations, Phuc said.

He underscored the need to ramp up global cooperation, improve the self-resilience of medical systems and develop the medical equipment production and pharmaceuticals industry, especially in developing nations.

President Phuc stressed that accelerating vaccinations coupled with the effective use of treatment drugs is key to repelling the pandemic, protecting people’s lives, and promoting economic recovery and development. 

He suggested improving research and development capacity for vaccine production, while affirming Vietnam’s readiness to engaging in the efforts.

On this occasion, the President expressed his appreciation for the role of the COVAX Facility, and thanked many countries for sharing and donating vaccines to Vietnam.

He called on the COVAX Facility and other capable countries to redouble efforts to supply vaccines to developing countries so that at least 70% of their population are vaccinated as soon as possible and the target is achievable before the session of the United Nations General Assembly next year.

Phuc went to say that Vietnam is conducting a COVID-19 vaccination rollout for all people above the age of 18. Vietnam and member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have established a COVID-19 Response Fund last year and recently decided to use US$10.5 million from this fund to buy vaccines for member states.

The summit discussed and issued strong commitments by senior leaders, international organisations and the private sector about mass vaccinations across the globe, protecting people’s lives and building back global medical security better in the near future.

Participants pledged to ensure that at least 70% of the world population in all countries will be fully vaccinated before the session of the UN General Assembly in September 2022, all low or lower-middle income countries will have enough access to oxygen, personal protective suits and effective treatment methods this year and advanced treatment therapies in 2022.

They also vowed to guarantee sustainable financial sources for health security by establishing the global health security financial intermediary fund with an initial sum of US$10 billion in 2021 and consented to set up the Global Health Threats Council.

Senior leaders at the summit shared evaluations and suggestions in President Phuc’s speech. US President Joe Biden and many other leaders also stressed the need for urgent commitments and strong determination from the international community to carry out mass vaccinations for all people across the globe.

Source: VOV 


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VN artists offer free short tutorial videos on YouTube



Lo Beo Studio shares short videos on how to draw an isometric image on its YouTube channel. Still image taken from video.

HCM CITY – Vietnamese artists are offering a series of short tutorial videos called “Cầm – Kỳ – Thi – Họa” focusing on teaching guitar, chess, singing and drawing for beginners on YouTube since mid-September.

All videos lasting around one minute are expected to help audiences to keep up with lessons and improve their skills during social distancing.

Award-winning singer Mỹ Linh will introduce short videos on basic vocal skills for beginners on her channel Mỹ Linh Vocal Coach by the end of September.

The diva said that even if audiences had no intention of pursuing a singing career, learning a new art form could help them stay optimistic and positive amid the pandemic.

Mỹ Linh graduated from the Hà Nội Conservatory of Music (currently Việt Nam National Academy of Music) in 1997.

She was named an impressive singer at the National Young Bands Festival in 1993, and won prizes at the Cống Hiến (Devotion) Music Awards for album and singer of the year in 2005, among others.

She has performed across Việt Nam and toured Japan and Europe, and has released 15 albums.

Linh’s channel has more than 36,000 subscribers and nine videos about singing skills. Her videos are popular and have attracted over 778,000 views.

Having more than 733,000 subscribers, Hiển Râu’s channel from guitarist Nguyễn Thượng Hiển is famous for lessons that help audiences improve skills and play different music genres.

Hiển, who has more than 10 years of experience in playing guitar, introduces one-minute videos in basic skills for beginners.

YouTube viewer Đỗ Bá Sơn said he liked the idea of short videos about guitar tips, and asked Hiển to release more videos because they were very helpful.

Meanwhile, Lo Beo Studio has shared two short videos on drawing an isometric image on its 270,000-subscriber channel.

According to the producers, they did not have enough equipment for producing long videos because they are now staying at home. So they decided to introduce short videos to share detailed steps on scale, arrangement of objects, and more.

Lo Beo Studio will be uploaded at 7pm every Wednesday and Saturday.

Chess player Nguyễn Hoàng Tuấn has presented four videos on how to become a chess player in one minute on YouTube. Tuấn’s videos feature basic tips and moves for beginners, earning nearly 40,000 views.

Tuấn won gold medals at the National Chess Competition for Youth in 1998, and the National Team Chess Championship in 2002 and 2004. He is now coach of the youth chess team of Hà Nội.

He launched his YouTube channel “Dạy chơi cờ vua” (How to Play Chess) in 2015, and now has more than 130,000 subscribers and a total of over 40 million views for 385 videos. —






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Vietnamese lensman scores silver at French photo fest



Vietnamese lensman scores silver at French photo fest

’90 Years Old Shoemaker’ photo. Photo courtesy of PX3

Tran Viet Van scooped silver for his “90 Years Old Shoemaker” photo at “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (PX3).

Van, a journalist at Lao Dong Newspaper, was honored in the Press/Travel/Tourism category.

The photo captured the moment of 90-year-old shoemaker Trinh Ngoc, who has been making shoes for over 60 years.

Throughout his career, Ngoc has made shoes for many Vietnamese singers and even for the Cambodian royal family, including King Norodom Sihanouk.

In an interview with VnExpress International in 2019, Ngoc said the royals wanted to have shoes with traditional Cambodian traits to wear on special occasions. So he spent days at the museum in Phnom Penh learning local culture and tradition to come up with intricate patterns, using brocade fabric and other traditional materials.

In the 1960s, he was invited to the royal palace about seven times and became well known not only in Cambodia but also in his home country, Vietnam.

According to the PX3 website, when Van asked him what the most important thing in his life was, Ngoc said: “My life is very simple, I just think: If you create joy for others, you will receive double happiness.”

Founded in 2007, “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” is a photography award that strives to promote appreciation of photography, discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community inParis.

Van has won various photo contests in and outside Vietnam and held solo and group exhibitions in many countries.


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