Vietnam News Today (July 29): Hanoi Begins Mass Covid Vaccination Campaign

Vietnam News Today (July 29): Hanoi begins mass Covid vaccination campaign; Vietnam, Cuba look toward cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine production; HCMC might prolong social distancing for a fortnight; Vietnamese overseas investment skyrockets over seven-month period.
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Vietnam News Today (July 29) notable headlines

Hanoi begins mass Covid vaccination campaign

Vietnam, Cuba look toward cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine production

HCMC might prolong social distancing for a fortnight

Vietnamese overseas investment skyrockets over seven-month period

Thuy Linh sets new record for Vietnamese badminton at Olympics

Vietnam confirms 2,861 more Covid-19 cases across 17 localities

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Photo: VnExpress
Photo: VnExpress

Hanoi begins mass Covid vaccination campaign

Close to a thousand Hoan Kiem district residents got their first shots of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday as Hanoi launched its mass Covid-19 vaccination program.

Starting 7 a.m., people from Hang Trong, Cua Nam, Tran Hung Dao and Hang Bong streets gathered at a kindergarten on Tho Nhuom Street to get their shots.

Around 800 people in the area received their shots in the session, cited VnExpress.

The body temperature and blood pressure of each resident was checked prior to vaccination.

Bui Bich Ngoc said she and her father registered for vaccination through a mobile app.

"I feel lucky to be part of the list quite early. I'm a bit nervous as my father has a history of high blood pressure and frail health, but for the sake of our family and community, we decided to get vaccinated anyway," Ngoc said.

For the Wednesday vaccination session, Hoan Kiem residents got Moderna shots. The district has received around 16,000 doses in total - around 7,000 of them the Moderna vaccine.

Officials said residents would be given all the Moderna shots before the AstraZeneca vaccine was administered. The residents don't get to choose which vaccine they want to get.

Following the vaccination, the residents' information is recorded onto a database. A week later, they can receive a vaccination certificate.

Vietnam, Cuba look toward cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine production

Both sides have emphasized the significance of cooperation in Covid-19 vaccine production as a way to help Vietnam carry out its dual goal while improving the commercial potential of the Caribbean nation’s science research, health care and vaccine production in Asia and the wider world.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez on July 27 held a wide-ranging discussion on measures to augment and improve the efficiency of cooperation between the two Parties and countries in the ahead.

Party General Secretary Trong applauded the efforts of the Cuban Party, State and people in realizing the Resolution of the 8th Congress of the CPC, going ahead with the process of updating the socialist socio-economic development model, reported VOV.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez. Photo: VNA
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez. Photo: VNA

He shared the difficulties Cuba is facing amid tightened embargo measures and the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on every aspect of Cuban people’s life. Trong expressed his appreciation for the work of the Party, State and the entire political system of Cuba to timely deal with arising issues as a mean of stabilizing the situation and firmly safeguard revolutionary achievements.

On behalf of the Party, State and people of Cuba, First Secretary of the CPC Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez thanked Vietnam for gifting 12,000 tonnes of rice at a time when his nation is encountering plenty of difficulties, highlighting it as a vivid manifestation of Vietnam’s consistent solidarity and a source of great and timely encouragement for the Revolution and people of Cuba.

He reaffirmed the wish and determination to further deepen the special traditional friendship between the Parties, States and peoples of Vietnam and Cuba, while assuring his country’s readiness to give priority to cooperation with Vietnam in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, including the provision and transfer vaccine production technology to Vietnam.

In response, the Vietnamese Party leader re-affirmed the faithful solidarity of the Party, State and people of Vietnam with the righteous cause of the Cuban Party, State and people. Vietnam will continue to accompany Cuba in the process of updating its model of socialist socio-economic development, and support Cuba in ensuring food security through the stable provision of rice and programmes to develop the production of rice, maize, coffee and aquatic products, Trong said.

He greatly valued the support and cooperation of Cuba and Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudez himself in providing and transferring Covid-19 vaccine production technology to Vietnam in near future.

During the phone talks, the pair also exchanged views on intensifying high-level exchanges to outline strategic directions, share experience on issues of shared concern, optimizing existing cooperative mechanisms, and studying cooperation possibilities in areas of their strength.

HCMC might prolong social distancing for a fortnight

HCMC might need to prolong its social distancing period by one or two weeks after August 1 as Covid-19 cases keep rising, a senior official said.

HCMC during a social distancing period on July 26, 2021. Photo: VnExpres
HCMC during a social distancing period on July 26, 2021. Photo: VnExpres

"Municipal authorities will evaluate the situation on August 1 to make new plans. But as of now we think that after that day, the city will still need more social distancing time," Phan Van Mai, Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, said Wednesday.

On July 22, HCMC had continued the social distancing period which had begun July 9. On Monday, the city banned people from leaving their houses after 6 p.m. except for emergencies.

With over 77,100 Covid-19 cases, the city is now letting most patients isolate themselves at home in order to reduce the burden on the medical system, Mai said, adding that most hospitals were overloaded at present.

It is estimated that 70-80 percent of patients show no or mild symptoms and can treat themselves at home.

Vietnamese overseas investment skyrockets over seven-month period

Vietnamese businesses poured a combined total of US$570.1 million into newly-licensed and capital-added projects abroad during the seven months of the year, representing an annual 2.3-fold rise, according to the Foreign Investment Agency.

In relation to the figure, 28 new projects received investment certificates with a total registered capital worth US$145.3 million, equal to 70.4% compared to the same period from last year.

Photo: VOV
Photo: VOV

A further US$424.8 million was poured into capital adjusted and added projects, a 9.1–fold increase from last year.

A major part of the capital outflow of US$270.8 million was pumped into science and technology projects, thereby accounting for 47.5% of total investment capital, trailed by the wholesale and retail sectors with US$148.6 million, along with other fields such as agro-forestry-fisheries, administrative activities, and support services, VOV reported.

Vietnamese investors have also injected money into 18 countries and territories globally, with the United States representing the top destination for Vietnamese capital with US$302.8 million, thereby accounting for 53.1% of total investment capital.

Cambodia ranked second with total investment capital of US$89.2 million, followed by Laos and Canada with US$47.8 million, and US$32.1 million, respectively.

As of July 20 the country became involved in 1,423 valid overseas investment projects, with total investment capital reaching US$21.8 billion.

Thuy Linh sets new record for Vietnamese badminton at Olympics

Local badminton player Nguyen Thuy Linh has become the first female Vietnamese athlete to win two matches in her sport at the Olympic Games.

Linh defeated Sabrina Jacquet of Switzerland 2-0 in the final group match of the Olympic women’s badminton on July 28 morning.

Four days prior to her victory Thuy Linh recorded another 2-0 win over French player Qi Xuefei in her first game of the group stage.

Photo: VNN
Photo: VNN

She ultimately finished second in Group P and failed to progress to the quarter finals.

The 24-year-old athlete became the first Vietnamese player to record two wins in the women’s badminton. In previous versions of the Olympics, national representatives Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung and Vu Thi Trang both won one match each, in 2008 and 2016, respectively.

After recording such an impressive achievement at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Thuy Linh is set to enjoy a significant improvement in global rankings which are set to be announced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the near future, cited VNN.

Elsewhere, the morning of July 28 saw Vietnamese archer Anh Nguyet lose 5-6 to Ren Hayakawa of host nation Japan in the women’s individual archery category, meaning she failed to progress to the next round.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to last until August 28, with the nation sending a 43-member contingent to the games, including 18 athletes who are set to compete across 11 different sports, although they have so far failed to win a medal.

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