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COVID-19: Vietnam's medical supplies transported to Russia; domestic cases reach 863

07:06 | 12/08/2020

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on August 10 has delivered medical supplies to Russia to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the country. On the same day, the carrier has collaborated with relevant agencies to repatriate 340 Vietnamese citizens stranded in Russia.

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According to Russian Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines on August 10 has transported free of charge humanitarian goods, gift of the Government of Vietnam to the Government of the Russian Federation.

According to embassy, the national flag carrier also showed solidarity by transporting free of charge the entire package with the support of the Russian Embassy in Vietnam, Vietnamese Embassy in Russia and TH True Milk Group.

Among the consignments, there were many personal protective equipment (PPE) from other ministries, agencies, organizations and companies and individuals of Vietnam.

Over the past few months Vietnam Airlines has collaborated with relevant agencies to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded around the globe.

Most recently, 640 Vietnamese citizens were brought home from Russia, Canada and the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 9 and 10, on two flights of Vietnam Airlines.

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Medical supplies from the Government and people of Vietnam to Russia. Photo: Russian Embassy

Passengers on board the two aircrafts were minors under 18, the elderly, sick people, workers with expired visas and labour contracts, students without accommodation due to the closure of schools and dormitories, holidaymakers, and others in specially difficult circumstances.

Vietnamese representatives agencies in three countries worked closely with relevant bodies of the host countries to support the citizens due to travel restrictions.

They also sent officials to assist the citizens in completing necessary procedures at the airport before the departure time.

To ensure the safety of the passengers and crew and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the airlines strictly implemented security, safety, and hygiene measures during both flights.

After landing at airports, all the passengers and crew members had their health checked and were taken to a concentrated quarantine centre, in line with regulations on COVID-19 prevention and control.

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More Vietnamese citizens brought home from Canada, RoK. Photo: VNA

Russia confirmed 4,945 new coronavirus infections on August 11, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 897,599 and and 15,131 deaths, Moscow Times reported.

The country has registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine early Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced amid widespread concerns about the rapidly developed vaccine’s safety.

The World Health Organization last week raised concerns over the vaccine after Moscow said it aims to launch mass production next month, stressing that all vaccine candidates should go through the full stages of testing before being rolled out.

On Monday, the Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO) industry body that represents organizations conducting multinational clinical trials in Russia urged for more tests before the vaccine's registration.

Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded 16 new infections of the coronavirus, raising the national tally at 863, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said on August 11 evening.

Of those, 10 in the central city of Da Nang, the current pandemic hotspot; 4 in Quang Nam province and the rest in Quang Tri province.

The country also confirmed another COVID-19-related death. A 37-year-old man from the central province of Quang Tri has become the 16th person who died of COVID-19-related complications in Vietnam./.

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