‘Rice ATM’ feeds Vietnam’s poor amid virus lockdown

HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) – A Vietnamese entrepreneur in Ho Chi Minh City has invented a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Rice ATM' feeds Vietnam's poor amid virus lockdown By Reuters

Vietnam has reported 262 COVID-19 cases, and no deaths so far, but as a result of a 15-day social distancing programme that began on March 31 many small businesses have been shuttered and thousands of people temporarily laid off from work.

Nguyen Thi Ly’s husband was among those who have lost their job. Tiếp tục đọc “‘Rice ATM’ feeds Vietnam’s poor amid virus lockdown”

Chinese survey ship returns to waters off Vietnam amid virus ‘distraction’ charges

REUTERS APR 14, 2020

A Chinese ship embroiled in a standoff with Vietnamese vessels last year has returned to waters near Vietnam as the United States accused China of pushing its presence in the South China Sea while other claimants are pre-occupied with the coronavirus.

Vietnamese vessels last year spent months shadowing the Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 survey vessel in resource-rich waters that are a potential global flashpoint as the United States challenges China’s sweeping maritime claims. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese survey ship returns to waters off Vietnam amid virus ‘distraction’ charges”

EVN power supply rises in first quarter

Update: April, 14/2020 – 15:15 VNS

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Đa Mi hydroelectricity plant in the provinces of Bình Thuận and Lâm Đồng. EVN’s output from hydroelectricity in the first quarter was 8.93 billion kWh, a year-on-year decrease of 30.4 per cent due to a water shortage. VNA/VNS.Photo Ngọc Hà

HCM CITY— Electricity of Việt Nam’s production and import of power increased by 6.3 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, ensuring safe and uninterrupted supply is available amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A report by the State power distribution company showed that total power output was 57.29 billion kWh. Tiếp tục đọc “EVN power supply rises in first quarter”

China approves human trials for two new COVID-19 vaccines


A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration
A small bottle labeled with a “Vaccine” sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed “Coronavirus COVID-19” words in this illustration Reuters

China has approved clinical trials for two more experimental vaccines to combat the novel coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, as the world’s scientists race to beat the pandemic.

The vaccines use inactivated coronavirus pathogens, and the approvals pave the way for early-stage human trials, Wu Yuanbin, an official from China’s Ministry of Science and Technology told a regular press briefing. Tiếp tục đọc “China approves human trials for two new COVID-19 vaccines”

Vietnam targets 7% annual GDP growth over next five years

HANOI, April 14 (Reuters) – Vietnam’s government said it will target annual gross domestic product growth of 7% during the 2021-2025 period, even as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to derail global trade and production.

The Southeast Asian country’s economy grew at its slowest pace in the first quarter of this year, at 3.8%, as the new coronavirus outbreak hit economic output.

The government said in a statement posted on its website late Monday that it will continue to improve its business environment and infrastructure, expand its export markets, apply advanced technologies and promote the development of the private sector over the next five years.

Vietnam, which has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia backed by robust exports and foreign investment, has this year struggled to maintain growth momentum due to the virus, which has halted business operations.

Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam targets 7% annual GDP growth over next five years”