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Identification codes help ensure origin traceability, which is a requirement of shrimp importing countries, the Vietnam News Agency qouted the sayings of Mr. Quang Trong Thao, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development..

The code provision is also a step towards scientific and modern management over this industry, he noted.

The farming of brackish water shrimp spans more than 134,230ha in Kien Giang, including over 3,680ha under industrial and semi-industrial models, 102,500ha under the shrimp - rice production model, and over 28,000ha under extensive and improved extensive farming models.

They concentrate in the districts of Giang Thanh, Kien Luong, Hon Dat, An Bien, An Minh, U Minh Thuong, Vinh Thuan, and Go Quao, and Ha Tien city.

The farming produces about 95,000 - 100,000 tonnes of shrimp for the province each year.

Vietnam signs vaccine tech transfer agreements with three countries

The nation has signed three agreements for the transfer of COVID-19 vaccine production technology with Russia, the United States, and Japan, the Voice of Vietnam qouted the sayings of Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long presents a report during the ongoing first session of the 15th legislature held on July 25.

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Upon addressing the ongoing first session of the 15th legislature held on July 25, Minister Long stated that the country has reached a successful agreement regarding the transfer of technology for COVID-19 vaccines with the US, with production set to start next year.

Moving forward, a factory with a capacity to produce 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses is currently under construction and will be put into operation in the first half of 2022, Minister Long said.

This comes following the Hanoi-based Vabiotech company packaging its first batch of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine last week. These initial batches will be evaluated in Russia before being put into mass production in the nation at a later date. The tech transfer for the vaccine will be completed by the end of this year, the Minister said.

Vietnam represents one of the first four countries in the world to successfully isolate and culture the virus, thereby paving the way for vaccine research. It is also the first country in Southeast Asia to conduct phase three clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccines.

By August, research teams will all have had their second jab of the vaccine and will therefore be able to carry out the registration process as prescribed.

The nation has now secured commitments and agreements for over 130 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China, the US, Japan, Australia, the UK, and other nations. It is also in the process of negotiation with other manufacturers for an additional 40 million doses which will bring the total to 170 million doses by 2021.

To date, approximately 4.5 million does have been administered, but only around 372,353 people having received the full two shots of the vaccine.

Major disinfection operation against COVID-19 conducted in Hanoi

Hanoi has begun a large-scale disinfection operation at high-risk locations across the capital city as one of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, said the Nhan Dan newspaper.

Disinfectants are sprayed at a street in central Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Under the operation, the Hanoi Capital High Command and the Chemicals High Command will spray disinfectant in the seven districts of Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da, Hoang Mai, Quoc Oai, Chuong My and Thach That.

The operation will see the participation of 180 officers and soldiers, 15 specialised vehicles and other hardware, according to Lieutenant Colonel Tran Van Chung, chief of staff of the 86th Brigade.

On July 26, disinfectant was sprayed in ten wards in the Old Quarter, two wards outside the Red River dyke, in Hai Ba Trung, Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao Streets, as well on the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and the municipal government building.

The Phu Nghia Industrial Park in Chuong My, where a case of COVID-19 was recently recorded, was also disinfected the same day.

According to the Hanoi Capital High Command, the operation will take place at high-risk locations in the remaining districts over the coming days./.