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Vietnam reaffirms sovereignty over archipelagos

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:13 am

Vietnam reaffirms sovereignty over archipelagos

QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has indisputable sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, reiterated the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson.

Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga made the statement on May 27 while answering questions from reporters about recent news that China had officially launched a mobile phone network on Da Chu Thap island in the Truong Sa archipelago.

“All foreign activities in these two archipelagos without Vietnam’s approval violate Vietnam’s sovereignty, sovereignty rights and jurisdiction,” said Nga.

“We request that until disputes have been settled, all concerned parties take no action that would complicate the situation in the East Sea,” she added.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

World Bank reaffirms support for Vietnam’s socio-economic development

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:41 pm

World Bank reaffirms support for Vietnam’s socio-economic development

QĐND – Friday, April 09, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

PANO – The 14th ASEAN Finance Ministers Meeting opened in Nha Trang on April 8th with the participation of the representatives from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund. 

Addressing the event, Mr. Juan Jose Daboub, the World Bank’s Managing Director, congratulated ASEAN on its role from the start of the global economic crisis. He said developing countries of the East Asia & Pacific region are the first to emerge from the global economic crisis and have the potential to grow rapidly in the next decade despite the uncertainties in the global economy, if they carry out reforms with renewed vigor and further cooperate on regional economic integration and climate change.

The WB Managing Director also discussed with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, Nguyen Van Giau, recent economic and social developments in Vietnam as well as their partnership in support of the country’s development. 

Mr. Daboub affirmed the World Bank’s willingness to continue its support to Vietnam in the country’s transition to a market economy and scale up its financial assistance to Vietnam to help narrow the infrastructure gap, strengthen access to basic social services, particularly in poorer ethnic minority communities, and tackle emerging middle income country challenges such as building capacity, strengthening research and technology and expanding targeted social protection systems. 

He also announced that the World Bank’s financial commitments since July 2008 have reached US$100 billion

For their part, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and Governor Nguyen Van Giau. all expressed hope that the Bank will continue to provide Vietnam with valuable support for the country’s socio-economic development.

By Vu Hung – Photo: VOV


Source: QDND

WHO reaffirms H1N1 vaccine saves lives

In Vietnam Health on December 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Vaccination remains an effective form of protection against the H1N1 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said in response to a request from Vietnam for clarification on the safety of the vaccine. 

The WHO representative office in Vietnam and the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention released the statement December 9 after Vietnamese officials expressed concern over a bad batch of vaccine used in Canada.

Earlier this year, WHO launched an initiative to ensure H1N1 vaccine access to several low- and middle-income countries.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) pledged 50 million doses in May 2009, of which Vietnam was set to receive 1.2 million, which would cover about 2 percent of its population.

GSK signed a donation agreement with the WHO on November 10, 2009 to provide the vaccine, known as Arepanrix, to Vietnam. The WHO expected to ship the doses between December 9, 2009 and February 2010.

Concern was raised, however, after higher-than-normal adverse effects were reported following immunization with a particular batch of Arepanrix in Canada. The adjuvanted vaccine was produced at GSK’s Canadian facility and authorized for use on October 21, 2009.

On November 24, GSK announced it would voluntarily withdraw the bad batch.

A December 4 report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, said seven cases of anaphylaxis following immunization from the batch had been confirmed.

This frequency was higher than the usual 0.1-1 adverse reactions per 100,000 doses. However, the WHO confirms there have been no deaths conclusively linked to the vaccine in any country.

Vietnamese health agencies, however, said they would wait for official investigation results from Canadian health authorities before accepting the vaccine.

The WHO stressed it had pre-qualified Arepanrix based on standard protocols and information on vaccine safety and quality. The health authority estimates some 150 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine have been distributed worldwide and 95 million doses administered, of which 30 percent are adjuvanted vaccines.

Immediate hypersensitivity has been reported following the use of all types of H1N1 vaccines including a rash or swelling at the point of injection, and allergic reactions. Symptoms range from mild to serious while anaphylaxis can be life threatening in the absence of prompt medical treatment.

The WHO also asserts that the primary goal of vaccination is to target the “at risk” population such as those with chronic conditions, pregnant women, persons living in remote and isolated communities and health workers.

Vaccination in these groups lessens the risk of transmission, complications and death from the disease, the WHO says.

The global health body has reiterated that the risks posed by adverse reactions to the vaccines are still far smaller than the risks to at-risk populations of serious illness from pandemic influenza.

Meanwhile, at the December 9 meeting of the National Steering Board for Human Flu Prevention, Dr. Nguyen Tran Hien, head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, announced the WHO was ready to provide vaccines to Vietnam when officials gave permission.

Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, chief of the Preventive Health and Environment Department, told the meeting there have been no more reports of H1N1 deaths in the country since DATE?. So far Vietnam has had 46 fatalities related to the virus, of which 12 were pregnant.

Dr. Hien also expressed concern over the high rate of H1N1 infections in the country, adding that there was a strong possibility of the H1N1 (swine flu) and H5N1 (bird flu) viruses combining into more lethal forms.

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ETA reaffirms commitment to violence

In World on September 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

The Basque separatist group ETA Sunday reaffirmed its use of violence to achieve its aims, after completing a period of “internal reflection,” but said it remained open to a political solution.

“We reaffirm our commitment to continue with arms in our hands while our enemies opt for repression and denial,” ETA said in a statement released in the pro-independence Basque newspaper Gara.

ETA, which marked its 50th anniversary in July, is blamed for the deaths of 828 people in its campaign for an independent Basque homeland in parts of northern Spain and southwestern France.

“But at the same time we say that ETA’s desire has always been to find a political solution to the political conflict”, the statement said, noting the organisation’s “desire and total readiness to take that path.”

A man (C) is pushed by a member of the Basque regional police in the northern Spanish Basque city of Mondragon.

ETA said it had reached the conclusions after completing “a process of internal reflection,” Gara reported.

The group had warned last May that it was planning a new and “effective political-armed strategy” after a period of “reflection” this summer and which “leaves open the possibility of dialogue and negotiation.”

In mid-2007 ETA called off a 15-month-old truce following a deadlock in tentative peace talks with the Spain’s central government in Madrid.

Since then Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialist government has taken a hard line, repeatedly ruling out new negotiations, while a string of operations by Spanish and French police have weakened ETA’s leadership.

In its statement in Gara, ETA also confirmed that it was not behind another statement attributed to it by an independent Basque newspaper Berria and released on Saturday.

Source: SGGP