Covid-19: Hongkong puts Vietnam on the “red list”

Sampling for medical staff at Gia Dinh People’s Hospital

Today, July 14, 2021, Hongkong placed Vietnam on the list of countries at high risk of Covid-19. Thus, passengers from Vietnam to Hong Kong will have to be isolated in a hotel for 21 days, in addition to having to present a negative PCR test result.

Currently, in the list of high-risk countries that Hongkong has put forward, there are some other Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

According to domestic media, before that, Qatar decided to quarantine any passengers arriving from Vietnam who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. Many countries such as Sri Lanka, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia have banned entry from Vietnam.

So far, out of a total population of 96 million people in Vietnam, only about 4 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, of which less than 300,000 people have received both doses.

According to Vietnam’s state-controlled media on July 13, Hanoi has committed and signed a contract for about 105 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnamese government has set a target of having 150 million doses sufficient to vaccinate 70% of the population between now and April 2022. As of July 12, Vietnam has received about 8 million doses of the vaccine.

Due to limited supplies of the vaccine, the Vietnamese government yesterday announced that a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can be given to those who have already received the first dose, AstraZeneca. Meanwhile, vaccine manufacturers all recommend using the same Covid-19 vaccine to inject a full dose for one person. (Translated)


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