Vaccine passports presented to over 25 million people

Friday, 27/05/2022 16:53
Over 25 million people across the country has had vaccine passports, according to Mr. Nguyen Ba Hung, Deputy Director of the Health Data Center, Information Technology Department under the Ministry of Health.

Vaccine passport (Photo: chinhphu.vn)

However, through actual inspection in some localities, after more than a month, the cleaning of vaccination data and verification of the vaccine passport are implemented slowly, not ensuring the progress, he said.

Mr. Hung explained that many provinces and cities had not drastically directed the cleaning of vaccination data and had not been thorough in guiding, checking, and monitoring. Next, the cleaning vaccination data involved the grassroots police force; however, there was neither direction of the Project No.06 Working Group at all levels nor the participation of other forces to assist the health sector.

According to the Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper, some medical centers still have about 15,000 cases with incorrect personal vaccination information, while there is only one medical staff to perform the tasks of reviewing, verifying, and entering the data into the software. In addition, the system of verification for vaccine passports is not stable, sometimes overloaded when vaccination facilities simultaneously sign in large numbers.

On the evening of the same day, the National Covid-19 Case Management System recorded 1,275 Covid-19 cases in 47 provinces and cities, another 7,223 people recovered from Covid-19, and no deaths. Over 220.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide.

Huge haul in new markets for Vietnam’s tra fish exports

Demand for Vietnam’s tra fish (pangasius) is up in major markets, driving the export of the catfish overseas, reports the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

Tra fish exports are projected to surge a whopping 97 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2022, reaching 1.1 billion USD, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Photo for illustration (Source: vneconomy.vn)

Besides exporting to traditional markets such as the US and Europe, seafood exporters have expanded markets to take advantage of the new demand. Specifically, Vietnam has trolled new fish markets in Mexico, Egypt and Thailand.

VASEP expert Ta Ha said that the Mexico market has the largest export value in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc.

Tra fish sales to Mexico topped 50 million USD in the first five months of this year, an increase of 70 percent against last year’s figure.

Shipments to Thailand hit nearly 50 million USD during the period, a year-on-year spike of 80 percent. Vietnam exported over 15 million USD worth of tra fish to Egypt, up 85 percent year-on-year.

These are positive signs that tra fish is a favoured seafood product in these fresh new markets.

VASEP reports that the new Thailand market is advantageous in terms of geographical distance. The growing demand for tra fish imports has attracted many Vietnamese businesses to this Southeast Asia country. There are as many as 60 enterprises currently shipping tra fish to the Thai market.

The US remains one of the key markets of Vietnamese tra fish. It recently licensed six more Vietnamese pangasius processing factories to export to the market.

Tra fish exports to the US were estimated to hit 243 million USD in the first five months of this year, up 130 percent from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, two more Vietnamese enterprises have been permitted to export seafood products to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) by Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (FSVPS).

However, experts said that even though these moves will promote export growth, it is necessary for enterprises to source enough tra fish for production.

Le Thanh Thuan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDI International Development and Investment Corporation, said strong recovery of consumer demand has made it difficult for manufacturers to fill orders in recent months. They are operating at full capacity to meet the sharp increase in orders.

Currently, the corporation has full orders until the end of the second quarter, he said, adding that it has begun stockpiling fish for the revival of such big markets as Mexico and Brazil.

Honda Vietnam motorcycle sales fall slightly in fiscal year 2022

Honda Vietnam sold more than 2 million motorcycles in the 2022 fiscal year from April 2021 to March 2022, down 2.7% compared to the previous fiscal year, the company said in its annual report announced recently.

Despite its slight decrease in sales, Honda’s local market share still increased by 2%, reaching about 80% in the context of market difficulties, said the Voice of Vietnam.

Photo for illustration (Source: vnexpress.net)

However, Honda Vietnam forecast that it is likely to experience a decrease in the output of some models of domestically produced scooters from April 2022. It is expected that the output of some models of locally produced scooters for May and June would decrease by nearly half compared to the original plan.

The company is trying to optimize production capacity to meet market demand at the earliest possible time, Honda Vietnam said in its report.

Also in the 2022 fiscal year, Honda Vietnam exported 207,000 completely built units (CBU), up 25.5% year on year. It is projected to ship 225,000 CBUs abroad in the 2023 fiscal year, a year-on-year rise of 9%.

Due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda Vietnam sold just over 24,000 cars in the 2022 fiscal year, down nearly 7% compared to the previous year.

Hanoi initiates ‘flying tourism’ product post COVID-19

Local people and visitors to Hanoi will soon have the chance to take journeys in hot air balloons and helicopters to view the capital from above.

Le Hong Thai, deputy director of Hanoitourist travel agency, put forward the idea of developing a special “flying tourism” product at a recent working session between Hanoi’s Department of Tourism and the administration of Long Bien district.

Hot air balloon festival in Hanoi (Photo: NDO)

Thai said the new product is expected to attract visitors that are no longer interested in the products that have been introduced for a long time, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Hanoi in March 2022 launched a hot air balloon festival in Long Bien district as part of “Hanoi Tourism 2022”, a programme which aims to celebrate the reopening of tourism and welcome international tourists back to the capital.

The event highlighted the attraction of this type of tourism, as well as the great current demand among people, according to Hanoi’s Department of Tourism.

Other similar products such as sightseeing helicopter tours are available throughout many provinces and cities, proving that the new tourism trend is part of the recovery process as Vietnam moves past the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Northern Region Air traffic services company, located in Long Bien district, could help the authorities to develop “flying tourism” and attract greater number of visitors to the city, said Trinh Xuan Tung of Hanoi’s Department of Tourism.

Omicron subvariants under close scrutiny in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health said it is closely monitoring the emergence of new sub-lineages of the Omicron variant that causes the COVID-19 disease worldwide to promptly adopt control measures if they are reported in Vietnam.

According to the Voice of Vietnam, the ministry said it has kept regular contact with the World Health Organization to update information about Omicron mutations.

Tracking Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1. (Photo: VOV)

It requested that localities enhance grassroots-level medical capacity, step up communication campaigns and encourage people to strictly follow pandemic control measures.

New Zealand authorities announced on May 25 that they had detected the first case infected with the BA.2.12.1 sub-lineage of the Omicron variant in the community.

BA.2.12.1 is currently the dominant variant that has spread rapidly in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the new subvariant has made up about 58% of all new US cases.

BA.2.12.1 is said to spread more rapidly than previous versions of the Omicron. It evolved from BA.2, which itself was more contagious than any variant that came before it.

In Vietnam epidemiologists are conducting genome sequencing to detect new subvariants of the Omicron.

On May 26, the Ministry of Health confirmed 1,275 new coronavirus infections in 47 cities and provinces nationwide.

The capital of Hanoi was the only locality that recorded daily infections in three digits, at 303, raising its infection tally to nearly 1.6 million, including 1,336 deaths.

Vietnam has so far confirmed more than 10.7 million cases, ranking 12th out of 227 countries and territories worldwide. Of the total, nearly 9.5 million patients have recovered from the disease, and more than 40,000 patients have died of the SARs-CoV-2 virus and related underlying illnesses./.  

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