China has offered foreign diplomats in Beijing inoculation with one of its coronavirus vaccines, possibly as early as this month. But the offer has had a mixed response among overseas diplomats amid concerns that the shots could complicate future travel. Diplomatic sources said the protocol department at the Chinese foreign ministry told them this week that they could be given a vaccine developed by state firm Sinopharm. Its developers reported an efficacy rate of 79 per cent against symptomatic Covid-19 and the product was approved for public use in China in December. It was granted emergency use in July and given to some senior Chinese officials and Chinese diplomats at the time. The vaccine went through large-scale phase three human trials in 10 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, and has been authorised for emergency elsewhere in the world, but so far the developers have not published detailed results of those trials. The vaccine is being reviewed by the World … [Read more...] about China offers Covid-19 vaccine to foreign diplomats – but will they take it?
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Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium Vu Anh Quang (R) presents a souvenir to a member of the Vietnamese community in the European country (Photo: VNA) Brussels (VNA) – The Embassy of Vietnam in Belgium held a get-together with overseas Vietnamese on March 4 to celebrate the Lunar Year of the Buffalo . At the event, Ambassador to Belgium Vu Anh Quang extended his greetings to the local Vietnamese community, and voiced his encouragement to the community after a year full of hardships caused by COVID-19 , while expressing his gratitude for their activities in support of the homeland. Quang, who is also head of the Vietnamese mission to the EU, also informed the participants on future activities, along with the results of the fight against COVID-19 in Vietnam, the country’s socio-economic development and success of the 13th National Party Congress which took place before Tet (Lunar New Year) festival. Despite difficulties, the association of Vietnamese people in … [Read more...] about Embassy hosts New Year gathering with overseas Vietnamese in Belgium
Among the group are a total of 35 Vietnamese expatriates residing in the Cambodian province of Kampong Chhnang who travelled by boat on March 4 to a border area in Hong Ngu district of Dong Thap province. Soldiers stationed at Thuong Phuoc international border gate in Dong Thap province and Vinh Xuong gate in An Giang province originally detected the group and encouraged them to return back to Cambodia. At present, the Vietnamese embassy and the overseas Vietnamese association in Cambodia are trying to support them to return to their homes in Cambodia as part of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention measures. Elsewhere, soldiers working at the Quang Long international border gate in Cao Bang province on March 4 found 16 illegal immigrants attempting to cross into the country. The group were able to take advantage of drizzly conditions, fog which limited vision, in addition to the rugged mountainous terrain, in order to enter the nation illegally. They were made up of … [Read more...] about Border guards detect 51 illegal immigrants trying to enter Vietnam
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam rushes to prepare manpower in a goal of training 2 million people at vocational schools. The US plan to place tariffs on additional US$300 billion worth of Chinese goods has sparked the relocation of multinational companies from China to Vietnam, and such relocation plans raise the question of what Vietnam acts to accommodate influx of companies in the unpredicted trade conflicts between the world’s largest economies. Textile workers. Illustrative photo The Vietnamese government has a goal of training 2 million people in vocational schools to meet the growing demand for technical skills among multinational companies, according to CNBC. More than 90% of students trained in technical skills, such as welding or making electronics, can get hired, Professor Nguyen Quang Huy told CNBC, adding that it’s very easy to get a job, and a lot of companies need more people. The country’s middle class is growing to reach around 44 million … [Read more...] about Vietnam prepares workforce to accommodate influx of companies amid US-Sino trade war
SINGAPORE: Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Education) Sim Ann, who is a member of Our Singapore Conversation Committee, will be in China for two dialogues. On November 22, the dialogue will be held in Shanghai at 7pm at the Singapore Consulate. On November 23, another dialogue will be held in Beijing at 7pm at the Singapore Embassy. A series of Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) dialogues have been held as part of efforts to reach out to Singaporeans abroad. The first of the series of overseas dialogues began in London on November 3. It saw more than 30 Singaporeans from all over United Kingdom coming together to participate in the dialogue. Most of the participants were professionals and students based in London. Some had travelled from other parts of UK, including Manchester, Warwick, Oxford and Wales to join in the dialogue. Many discussed the notion of the Singapore Identity and how they maintain a sense of … [Read more...] about Sim Ann heads to China for Our Singapore Conversation dialogues