Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Nov. 15): Hanoi Shortens Time Between Two AstraZeneca Jabs
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8,176 new Covid-19 cases detected
A total of 8,176 fresh Covid-19 cases were confirmed on November 14 with 3,705 found in the community. The number of infections dropped by 288 cases compared to the figure on the previous day. A further 5,257 recoveries were reported on November 14.
HCM City led the daily tally with 985 cases, followed by An Giang province with 695 and Dong Nai province with 674. Hanoi recorded 88 cases, with half of them in the community and the remainders found in lockdown areas.
On that day, the country saw 64 deaths from the disease. According to the Ministry of Health’s report, 3,947 patients nationwide are in serious conditions, with 333 requiring invasive ventilation and 13 on life support (ECMO).
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HCM City districts consider fixed areas for street vendors
Districts in HCM City are looking into setting up designated areas for food street vendors in an effort to ensure pandemic safety and order on the streets. District 7 has asked the city to carry out a trial run of fixed, concentrated areas for street vendors to work to ensure food safety and social distancing, as well as order on the streets and street hygiene. The trial run could play a big part in controlling self-organized street vendor activities, which take up street and pavement space.
Go Vap District is also cracking down on self-organized street vendors. Nguyen Ngoc Anh, deputy chairman of the district’s People’s Committee, said that local wards were monitoring and encouraging locals to officially register their selling activities. The district was creating favorable conditions for street vendors. It was planning to renovate several streets in the district that have many street vendors and allocate spaces for them to operate. "Locals who do not register and take up vendor spaces on streets and pavements will be handled appropriately," he said.
District 6 is also working on providing fixed areas for street vendors, which will help the district monitor its pandemic situation. Le Thi Thanh Thao, chairwoman of the district’s People’s Committee, said there would be two options: allocating designated street vendor spaces along certain streets, or setting up a night street food market for registered businesses, as well as an area where other street vendors can freely enter to sell their goods.
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Hanoi shortens time between two AstraZeneca vaccine jabs
The Hanoi Department of Health has agreed to reduce the waiting time between two AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine shots to four weeks from eight. The latest move aims to speed up the vaccination process in a safe and effective way, creating herd immunity as soon as possible, according to the Hanoi Center for Disease Control that proposed the shortening. It is also based on guidance from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology about the Covid-19 vaccination campaign. With AstraZeneca, the institute recommends taking the second injection at least four weeks after the first one.
At the end of September, the Ministry of Health had allowed localities to decide to shorten the time between two AstraZeneca shots on their own while adhering to recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the manufacturer. HCMC reduced the gap to six weeks in September.
AstraZeneca is the first Covid-19 vaccine licensed and used in Vietnam. Currently, it is the main vaccine used for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Vietnam. The second shot should be given about 4-12 weeks after the first one, according to the manufacturer. The WHO recommends a time of 8-12 weeks between two doses. In Vietnam, the Ministry of Health had instructed that the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine be administered 8-12 weeks after the first.
The national tally reached 1,026,522. The death toll nationwide also rose to 23,082.
Compared to the world, the nation’s fatality count ranks 34th out of 223 countries and territories, while the number of deaths per one million people is 133rd out of 223 countries and territories. Compared to the rest of Asia, the nation’s death toll ranks 10th out of 49 countries and territories.
By November 13, the nation had inoculated more than 98.9 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with more than 34.6 million people now fully vaccinated with two doses.
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