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The Vietnam News Agency qouted the information from Mr. Nguyen Hong Son, Head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Organisation and Personnel.

Son said that within only one day from August 21-22, about 2,300 medical staff and students from units run by the Health Ministry registered to voluntarily work in the localities in response to the call from the ministry.

As of August 22 evening, 1,800 officials, lecturers and students from some medical colleges, including Bach Mai Medical College, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi University of Pharmacy and Thai Binh Medical University, had registered to go to HCM City.

Of the figure, 750 students from Bach Mai Medical College departed for HCM City on August 22.

Meanwhile, about 500 experts, doctors, nurses and technicians from eight hospitals run by the Ministry of Health will also arrive in HCM City, Binh Duong, Long An and Dong Nai to help the localities stamp out the pandemic.

At the same time, additional 750 medical personnel from localities nationwide have also registered for pandemic control activities in HCM City and other southern localities.

As of August 21 noon, the number of medical personnel arrived in HCM City and the pandemic-hit localities in the south had reached 14,543.

In order to support HCM City to conduct a super-fast COVID-19 testing campaign, the Health Ministry has also provided the city with 10 testing vans along personnel and equipment with capacity of analysing 3,000 testing samples per day.

The Ministry of Health on August 22 reported 11,214 new COVID-19 infections in Vietnam, including six imported cases.

This was the fourth day running with a daily increase surpassing 10,000.

Of new 11,208 locally-transmitted cases, 4,193 cases were in Ho Chi Minh City, 3,795 cases in Binh Duong, 849 in Dong Nai, 709 in Tien Giang, 365 in Long An, 183 in Da Nang, 160 in Khanh Hoa, 142 in Dong Thap and 107 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Vinfast to cooperate with Chinese company to produce car battery

Vietnamese carmaker Vinfast has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Gotion High-Tech on the production of a battery for electric cars.

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Under the agreement, the two sides will work on building a plant in Vietnam to manufacture a lithium ferrophosphate (LFP) battery, which is widely used in electric vehicles thanks to its safety and long cycle life, reported the Nhan Dan Newspaper.

The battery is also free of rare elements, making it more competitive in terms of pricing and suitable for small and medium electric cars, said Vinfast, a subsidiary of Vingroup.

The plan to build an LFP battery manufacturing plant in Vietnam among Vinfast’s efforts to establish a green energy ecosystem in Vietnam, helping to increase the domestic content in its products.

Vingroup has already created a subsidiary known as VinES to develop battery solutions and manufacture batteries for electric cars.

In addition to Gotion High-tech, Vinfast is also cooperating with other partners from the United States, Israel and Taiwan (China) in the research and development of advanced battery technologies.

The company is planning to build battery and charger plants in the US and Europe as part of its strategy to expand into the global market in the future.

All residents in HCMC to be tested for COVID-19 during social distancing

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered the acceleration of quick and massive COVID-19 testing, especially for all residents in Ho Chi Minh City during the time social distancing measures are in place, in a bid to promptly detect new infections and curb the spread of the pandemic.

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In an official dispatch, the Government leader stated that medical personnel and equipment assistance, along with armed forces and other relevant forces, will be sent to the southern hub and its neighbouring provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An, which are the largest outbreaks of the country at present.

Stricter social distancing and other preventive measures will be applied in an endeavour to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Priority in vaccine distribution will be given to HCM City and the inoculation drive will be carried out in a timely, safe and effective manner in tandem with guidelines of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The Government Office is asked to keep a close watch on the implementation of the dispatch and timely report to the PM.

According to the MoH, Vietnam had recorded 348,059 cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As many as 370,836 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered on August 21, raising the total number to more than 17.06 million. Over 1.79 people have received two full shots./.

Compiled by BTA