Covid-19 has given us the chance to build a low-carbon future

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Lockdown won’t save the world from warming, but the pandemic is an opportunity to pursue a green economic recovery

  • Christiana Figueres was head of the UN climate change convention that achieved the Paris agreement in 2015
German chancellor Angela Merkel at Frankfurt Auto Show last year.
 ‘In Europe, car manufacturers are pushing to loosen emissions standards.’ German chancellor Angela Merkel at Frankfurt Auto Show last year. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The air is clean and fresh, fish have reappeared in urban waterways, birds are frequenting uncut gardens, wild mammals are meandering through cities and greenhouse gas emissions will likely drop by an unprecedented 8% this year. Nature has clearly benefited from several months of dramatically reduced economic activity. From a climate crisis perspective, this drop in emissions is astonishingly close to the 7.6% yearly reduction in emissions that scientists have advised will be necessary during the next decade. And yet none of this is cause for celebration.

How Vietnam managed to keep its coronavirus death toll at zero

By Nectar Gan, CNN Updated 0716 GMT (1516 HKT) May 30, 2020

But there’s one overlooked success story — Vietnam. The country of 97 million people has not reported a single coronavirus-related death and on Saturday had just 328 confirmed cases, despite its long border with China and the millions of Chinese visitors it receives each year.
This is all the more remarkable considering Vietnam is a low-middle income country with a much less-advanced healthcare system than others in the region. It only has 8 doctors for every 10,000 people, a third of the ratio in South Korea, according to the World Bank.

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Vietnam struggles to save British pilot, avoid first Covid death

Residents celebrate as police officers leave Dong Cuu, , the last quarantined village in Vietnam affected by the coronavirus disease, outside Hanoi, Vietnam May 1. (Reuters file photo)
Residents celebrate as police officers leave Dong Cuu, , the last quarantined village in Vietnam affected by the coronavirus disease, outside Hanoi, Vietnam May 1. (Reuters file photo)

bangkokpost.com – 14 MAY 2020 AT 17:30, WRITER: REUTERS

HANOI: Vietnam has mounted an all-out effort to save the life of its most critically ill coronavirus patient, a British pilot who works for Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier.

Through aggressive testing and a mass, centralised quarantine programme, the Southeast Asian country has kept its tally of coronavirus cases to just 288 and has reported no deaths.

Little expense has been spared to try save the life of the 43-year-old man, identified only as “Patient 91”, who caught the coronavirus at a bar in the southern business hub of Ho Chi Minh City in mid-March, state media reported. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam struggles to save British pilot, avoid first Covid death”

Vietnamese DAAD alumna donates protective masks to Germany

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn today received a donation of 1,000 nose and mouth masks as protection in the corona pandemic. An alumna from Vietnam thanks the donation for supporting the DAAD during their master’s degree.

Bonn May 13, 2020

Mask donation

© DAAD / singer DAAD General Secretary Dr. Dorothea Rüland received the masks from Thi Minh Chau Bui.

In Germany, a mask requirement applies in many federal states and areas such as retail or local transport. Masks are also used in the DAAD’s Bonn headquarters in the science center. The joy was correspondingly great when DAAD alumna Thi Minh Chau Bui from Vietnam approached her former funding organization with the wish to donate 1,000 reusable and washable mouth-nose masks.

“We are very happy about this unexpected donation, which helps us in times of the corona pandemic. It is a wonderful sign of solidarity, not only with the DAAD, but with the Federal Republic and its education system as a whole, ”said DAAD General Secretary Dr. Dorothea Rüland, who personally accepted the masks at the DAAD headquarters in Bonn. 

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How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19

Glucose metabolism plays a key role in the cytokine storm seen in influenza, and the link could have potential implications for novel coronavirus infections

How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19
Influenza and COVID-19 infections can trigger an out-of-control immune response involving molecules called cytokines. An illustration of interleukin-4, a cytokine involved in allergic response, is shown here. Credit: Juan Gaertner Getty Images

Many of the people dying in the novel coronavirus pandemic appear to be harmed more by their own immune system than by the virus itself. The infection can trigger a cytokine storm—a surge in cell-signaling proteins that prompt inflammation—that hits the lungs, attacking tissues and potentially resulting in organ failure and death. But this phenomenon is not unique to COVID-19; it sometimes occurs in severe influenza, too. Now a study sheds light on one of the metabolic mechanisms that help orchestrate such runaway inflammation. Tiếp tục đọc “How Blood Sugar Can Trigger a Deadly Immune Response in the Flu and Possibly COVID-19”

Pandemic Only 1 of America’s Security Concerns

Rumors have spread that China may be conducting nuclear tests in violation of zero-yield global agreements. Pictured: A security guard wears a face mask in Skidrow during the coronavirus pandemic on April 20 in Los Angeles, California. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 169,000 lives and infecting over 2.4 million people. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images/Getty Images)

 

The world was a dangerous place before—and will be after—the coronavirus pandemic.

While Americans debate the proper ongoing response to the virus and argue over the infection’s origins, nature, and trajectory, they may have tuned out other, often just as scary, news.

Many Americans are irate at China for its dishonest and lethal suppression of knowledge about the viral outbreak. But they may forget that China has other huge problems, too. Tiếp tục đọc “Pandemic Only 1 of America’s Security Concerns”

Hanoi building festooned in Vietnamese colors to support Covid-19 fight

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By Nguyen Quy   April 22, 2020 | 09:27 pm GMT+7

Hanoi building festooned in Vietnamese colors to support Covid-19 fight

An apartment building in Hanoi is festooned with red national flags on April 19, 2020. Photo courtesy of Prabu Mohan.

A photo capturing a Hanoi apartment block festooned in red flags to support Vietnam’s Covid-19 fight and those on the frontline, has gone viral.

The image, shot by Indian lecturer Prabu Mohan last Sunday, was posted on the Facebook community Hanoi Massive, frequented by 136,000 expat and local netizens living in the capital.

Over a hundred Vietnamese flags were hung from the balconies of an apartment building on Tam Trinh Street in Hoang Mai District, garnering thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

“One of the ways to show your support in difficult times,” Mohan wrote in the caption.

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Việt Nam: Bí quyết thành công của một chiến lược chống dịch “chi phí thấp”

Hà Nội vắng bóng người vì lệnh phong tỏa chống Covid-19. Ảnh ngày 27/03/2020.
Hà Nội vắng bóng người vì lệnh phong tỏa chống Covid-19. Ảnh ngày 27/03/2020. REUTERS – KHAM

Là nước có hơn một ngàn cây số đường biên giới với Trung Quốc, nơi xuất phát dịch Covid-19 với con virus corona độc hại tỏa ra khắp thế giới đã khiến gần 2 triệu người bị nhiễm và gần 120.000 người thiệt mạng tính đến sáng 14/04/2020 (theo thống kê của Đại Học Mỹ Johns Hopkins), Việt Nam đã tạo ngạc nhiên không ít vì là nơi mà dịch bệnh chỉ tác hại nhẹ, với 265 ca nhiễm và không một ca tử vong (theo thống kê của bộ Y Tế Việt Nam)

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Hai mặt của New York trong đại dịch

Covid-19 đã khoét sâu thêm sự bất bình đẳng giữa người giàu – người nghèo, người da trắng – da đen ở New York.

Khi Sean Petty bước vào phòng cấp cứu ở Trung tâm y tế Jacobi, Bronx, anh bị sốc bởi một cảnh tượng thảm khốc: Khoảng 60 người, hầu hết là người Mỹ gốc Phi hoặc người Mỹ Latin sống ở khu vực ven thành phố New York đang có các biểu hiện điển hình của Covid-19. Họ thở hổn hển trên những chiếc cáng.

“Mọi ngóc ngách của Khoa cấp cứu đều có bệnh nhân gắn liền với bình oxy di động, họ ốm nặng và cần giường bệnh. Những chiếc cáng đã lấp đầy phòng và tràn cả xuống các hành lang, 10 bệnh nhân chỉ trong một góc hành lang”, anh nói. Những âm thanh chết chóc của bệnh tật tràn ngập trong căn phòng: “Nó giống một điệp khúc, một âm hưởng của những tiếng ho”.

Người dân trên phố Fordham, Bronx. Các số liệu thống kê cho thấy tỷ lệ người chết vì Covid-19 ở Bronx cao gấp 2 lần tỷ lệ chung của toàn thành phố New York. Ảnh: David Dee Delgado/Bloomberg.

Người dân trên phố Fordham, Bronx. Các số liệu thống kê cho thấy tỷ lệ người chết vì Covid-19 ở Bronx cao gấp 2 lần tỷ lệ chung của toàn thành phố New York. Ảnh: David Dee Delgado/Bloomberg.

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The poor look out for peers in Covid-19 times

By Minh Trang, Pham Nga   April 18, 2020 | 03:30 pm GMT+7

The poor look out for peers in Covid-19 times

A lottery ticket vendor (R) receives a bag of free lunch from a charity kitchen in Ho Chi Minh City, April 17, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
At many donation distribution sites in Vietnam, poor people crippled by Covid-19 are thankful and won’t take more than they need.

Last Friday afternoon, two women walked to a charity booth at 420 Lac Long Quan Street in Hanoi.

One of them took the donated food items and walked off immediately.

The other, a slim woman in her mid-thirties, hesitated after receiving her gift pack.

She stood silently for a while, an envelope in her hand. After she’d gathered enough courage, she walked towards Dao Tuan Hung, who was managing the booth. She pressed the envelope into his hand.

“I immediately told her it was a free present, but she said that it was not money. She left quickly after giving me the envelope,” Hung said.

Inside was a handwritten letter.

“Dear ladies and gentlemen.

I have been an unemployed worker since the Covid-19 disease hit the country, the people and the government’s 16th decree (national social distancing campaign) to ensure the lives of people and the community. I sold things for a living but had to stop and paying rent has become difficult. I came across Lac Long Quan Street and found this place which distributes rice and noodles.

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U.N. warns economic downturn could kill hundreds of thousands of children in 2020

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of children could die this year due to the global economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and tens of millions more could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis, the United Nations warned on Thursday.

The world body also said in a risk report that nearly 369 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals for a reliable source of daily nutrition have now been forced to look elsewhere.
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Gov’t not to loosen entry restrictions until month end due to COVID-19 18:11 | 16/04/2020

VGP – Entry restrictions will not be eased until April 30, according to the latest announcement released by the Government Office.

Entry restrictions shall continue to be implemented until April 30 to prevent COVID-19

>>> Gov’t halts visa issuance to foreigners to staunch COVID-19

>>> Gov’t extends social distancing for at least one week in 28 localities

Under the announcement, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Security to continue tightening entry control.
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Việt Nam to stop exporting COVID-19 treatment medicines from April 16

Update: April, 16/2020 – 15:26 VNS

 

Adrenalin 1mg/ml is among 37 types of medicines in the list of drugs used in the treatment of COVID-19.  Việt Nam suspended the export of drugs on the list since April 16 to serve the country first. — Screenshot from https://healthvietnam.vn

HÀ NỘI — The Drug Administration of Vietnam (DAV) requires all local drug manufacturing, exporting and importing firms to suspend the export of drugs used in the treatment of COVID-19 from April 16. Tiếp tục đọc “Việt Nam to stop exporting COVID-19 treatment medicines from April 16”

How Vietnam is making gains through ‘face mask diplomacy’

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ASEAN nations are increasing production of face masks and other medical equipment. By exporting them all over the world, Vietnam stands to make diplomatic and economic gains.

By John Pennington

The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to plenty of new terminology, a recent example being ‘face mask diplomacy’. China led the way by exporting face masks, testing kits, ventilators and thermometers, but as this type of ‘diplomacy’ develops, a new challenger has emerged: Vietnam. Tiếp tục đọc “How Vietnam is making gains through ‘face mask diplomacy’”