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COVID-19 Updates (October 16): Vietnam orders COVID-19 vaccines from Russia and UK

October 16, 2020 | 09:47

Vietnam has ordered COVID-19 vaccines from some partners, including in Russia and the UK, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang told a regular press conference on October 15.

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Vietnam passed another 12 hours without recording any new COVID-19 cases. (Photo: Suc Khoe & Doi Song)

Vietnam passed another 12 hours without recording any new COVID-19 cases

The 6 am news of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said that Vietnam has passed another 12 hours that no community infection has been recorded, while 2 more COVID-19 cases, both imported, are detected between 6 am and 6 pm on October 13, raising the national tally to 1,124. Hanoi and HCMC reached its 59 and 76 infection-free days, respectively.

Currently, the country has cured 1,030 cases, accounting for nearly 92%. Among patients under treatment, 8 patients were tested negative with coronavirus for the first time, 5 for the second time, and 12 for the third time. Death toll remains at 35. There are 13,386 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit areas under quarantine at present.

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Vietnam presents medical supplies to Myanmar amidst COVID-19. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam presents medical supplies to Myanmar amidst COVID-19

The Vietnamese government has presented medical supplies, including 325,000 medical masks worth 20,000 USD, to Myanmar amidst COVID-19. The medical supplies were handed over to the Myanmar side by Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan at Yangon international airport on October 15. The Myanmar side thanked the Vietnamese government for its timely support as Myanmar is facing a shortage of medical supplies.

On October 14, Ambassador Chu Cong Phung, President of the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association, handed over 540.75 million VND and 42 boxes of medical supplies to the Myanmar Embassy in Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City that set up a twinning relationship with Myanmar’s Yangon region has also presented more than 13,000 masks to the Myanmar side.

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COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, developed by Russia's Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology (Photo: AFP)

Vietnam orders COVID-19 vaccines from Russia and UK

Vietnam has ordered COVID-19 vaccines from some partners, including in Russia and the UK, spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang told a regular press conference on October 15.

The Government promotes coordination with prestigious vaccine producers and suppliers around the world, in order to secure COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, she said, adding that Vietnam has also adopted policies and regulations so that the receipt, transport, preservation, distribution, and use of vaccines is carried out swiftly once they are available.

She cited the Ministry of Health as saying the country has ordered vaccines from partners in Russia and the UK. She added that Vietnam wishes to have vaccines, medicine, and treatment regimens for COVID-19 shortly, so as to contain and eradicate the dangerous pandemic.

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Vietnamese citizens brought home from Japan and Myanmar. (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese citizens brought home from Japan and Myanmar

Nearly 600 Vietnamese citizens were brought home from Japan and Myanmar on October 14 and 15.

The flights were arranged by relevant agencies of Vietnam and the host countries, with passengers being children under 18, pregnant women, elderly people, people with health problems, tourists and short-term visitors who were stuck due to travel restrictions, workers with expired contracts and students without accommodations.

Strict security, safety and epidemiological measures were implemented during the flights to ensure passengers’ health and prevent the spread of diseases. After landing, passengers and crew members had their health checked and sent to quarantine in line with regulations.

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