Vaccine passports – the future?, illustration photo, source: internet At the end of December, thousands of Europeans received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine after the company received authorisation in the EU. Since then, other countries such as the US, Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, India, and several Asian countries, including Vietnam, have also started to receive or order vaccines to prepare for mass vaccination programmes. This has awakened optimism about an end to the pandemic and the idea of a vaccine passport. A heated discussion Some parts of the world, such as the Seychelles, Cyprus, and Romania, have begun to remove quarantine requirements for visitors who have been vaccinated. In early January, Denmark also announced that it would issue vaccine passports to citizens within the next three to four months. To get digital vaccine passports, Danish citizens will have to declare their medical and vaccination status on a government-issued app. … [Read more...] about Vaccine passports – the future?
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When his roommates turn the lights off to go to bed at 10 p.m., Hoang Minh is just starting his eight-hour shift at work. Sitting with a laptop on his bunk bed, the 21-year-old enters information about overseas orders his company has received into the system. "This job just needs hands and eyes," he says. Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Minh was allowed to work from his room in Hanoi's Cau Giay District. But within two days the company required him to return to office since his output had been lower than normal. His salary has remained at VND6 million ($260) a month since he began working here since 2019. Hoang Minh doing his data entry work in his room in Hanoi's Cau Giay District. Photo courtesy of Minh. After dropping out of college, the young man from central Vietnam had been dreaming of working in the technology field, a job he perceived as "computer-related." But instead he ended up with a data entry job. After two months of working through the … [Read more...] about To quit or not: a Covid-19 dilemma for Vietnamese workers
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded only one domestic COVID-19 case on Sunday, a day before the nation starts mass inoculation with AstraZeneca. The latest local infection was registered in Hai Duong Province, which is the country’s current epicenter. The patient had been exposed to an infection and been quarantined since February 25. The health ministry also logged four imported cases the same day, including two in Bac Ninh Province in the north and two in Kien Giang Province in the south. Vietnam had gone nearly two months without any domestic COVID-19 cases before it found the first one on January 27 and confirmed it one day later, according to the Ministry of Health’s data. A total of 892 local cases have been announced in 13 provinces and cities since then, making it the most serious wave to have struck Vietnam after the first-ever COVID-19 patient was announced in the country on January 23, 2020. Hai Duong alone accounts for 708 cases, while Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...] about Vietnam reports only one local coronavirus infection on Sunday