Vietnam receives 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
donated by France and Italy via the COVAX Facility (Source: VNA)

Of the total, France donated 672,000 doses while Italy gifted 812,060 doses to the country.

The handover ceremony was held on September 14 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hanoi.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung thanked both the French and Italian Governments and people for their ongoing support, particularly as Vietnam strives to speed up its vaccination campaign.

Amid continued complicated developments caused by COVID-19, the Vietnamese Government has identified accessing a range of vaccine supplies as a key part of its vaccine strategy, helping to ramp up vaccination and repel the pandemic, said Dung.

Earlier Vietnam on September 10 received 30,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine transferred by Papua New Guinea under a government-level agreement on vaccine transfer signed by Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and GAVI.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi also announced early this month that Japan will provide Vietnam, Thailand, and Taiwan (China) with an additional 440,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the near future.

Japan has donated approximately three million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam, with the shipments arriving in June and July.


Pre-historic drawings found in Nghe An province's ancient cave

Tham Chang cave in Nghe An (Photo: Nghe An newspaper)

Scientists have discovered pre-historic drawings dated 3,000 years ago in an ancient cave in the north central province of Nghe An, reported Nhan Dan (People) newspaper.

During an archaeological verification trip in February in Quy Chau district, a delegation of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology found the pre-historic murals in Tham Chang cave in Thuan Chuan commune.

The cave was discovered by the institute in 2015, said Assoc. Prof., Dr Trinh Nang Chung, head of the archaeological team, adding that based on stone tools found inside, the cave is believed to form during the Old Stone Age.

This is not the first time that ancient art has been discovered in caves in Nghe An province.

In the 1940s, French archaeologists found drawings in a cave in Chau Phong commune, about 15km south of Quy Chau town. In addition, human-figured rock carvings were recently detected in a cave in Anh Son district’s Hoa Son commune.

The discoveries in Nghe An caves, along with art products found in the provinces of Hoa Binh, Ha Giang and Quang Binh, indicate cave arts were practiced by people in Vietnam in the prehistoric time.

Further research on this kind of ancient art is needed.

Also during the trip, archaeologists discovered a new relic site of Hoa Binh Culture dated nearly 10,000 years ago in the Stone Age, which is Tham Moi cave in Quy Chau district. Stone working tools found in the cave show fundamental traits of the art of Hoa Binh Culture.

Local authorities have devised plans to conserve the relics.

Poland to screen Vietnamese movies

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has allowed the Vietnam Cinema Department to organise a Vietnam Film Week in Poland, with the event scheduled to run from October 6 to October 31, reported the Voice of Vietnam.

Chú thích ảnh: A scene in Mat Biec (Blue Eyes) movie

The cultural event will see films screened across five Polish cities, namely Torun, Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Gdynia.

Vietnam will introduce Polish viewers to five well-known movies that have won a number of domestic prizes, or which achieved impressive box office revenue earnings when being screened in either domestic or foreign markets.

The five movies are Truyen thuyet ve Quan Tien (Legend of Quan Tien), Bo Gia (Old Father), Tiec Trang Mau (Blood Moon Party), Mat Biec (Blue Eyes), and Song Lang (The Tap Box).

Movie-goers will be requested to closely follow COVID-19 preventive measures when attending screenings./.

Compiled by BTA