Weekly Events (from February 25th to March 3rd)

3/3/2021| 11:24

Following are the highlight events in the week: US warships in South China Sea, Vietnam appeals for peace; First Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive in Vietnam; Hanoi to complete planning of inner city zoning and Red River; Hanoi students to return to schools on March 2.

1. US warships in South China Sea, Vietnam appeals for peace

Vietnam has called for all parties to maintain peace in the South China Sea following recent presence of US warships near its Paracel and Spratly archipelagos to challenge Beijing’s claims.

Weekly Events (from February 25th to March 3rd)

Vietnam hopes all countries will continue contributing positively to maintaining peace and stability on the basis of international law in the East Sea, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday.

Hang said maintaining peace, stability, order, security, safety, freedom of navigation and overflight, obeying the law, respecting sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction of countries along the East Sea in accordance with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) should be the common goal, interest, responsibility and aspiration of all concerned states as well as the international community.

"The activities of all countries in the East Sea need to contribute to this common goal. As a responsible member of the international community and a member of UNCLOS, Vietnam abides by the convention's provisions, including regulations relating to maritime and aviation operations in the sea area that have been set up in accordance with the convention," she added.

The destroyer USS John S. McCain on February 5 sailed near Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the East Sea in a freedom of navigation operation, marking the first such mission under President Joe Biden’s new administration.On February 17, U.S. destroyer USS Russell conducted another freedom of navigation operation, sailing near Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands.

Washington has denounced what it calls Beijing’s attempts to bully neighbors with competing interests; and China has similarly denounced what it calls U.S. efforts to foment unrest in the region and interfere in what it regards as its internal affairs.The recent actions suggest that the Biden administration is not about to scale back operations challenging Beijing’s claims after the ramp-up seen during the Trump administration, analysts have noted.

China seized the Paracel Islands from South Vietnam by force in 1974, and has been illegally occupying a number of reefs in the Spratly Islands since 1988.
Vietnam has repeatedly affirmed that it has full legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea in accordance with international law.

2. First Covid-19 vaccine doses arrive in Vietnam

Weekly Events (from February 25th to March 3rd)

The first batch of 117,600 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport on Wednesday morning.

The Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) has been permitted by the Ministry of Health to receive, preserve and distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the country.The company has set up cold storage units in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi to store three million doses at a time.This is the first batch of the vaccine that Vietnam has imported from AstraZeneca.
Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong said that the first batch of vaccines has arrived just on time for the prevention and control of epidemic in Vietnam. Although the whole country has made great efforts, it is necessary to vaccinate people against COVID-19 to create community immunity and achieve the dual goal of fighting against the epidemic and developing the economy.

Vietnam has reached a deal with AstraZeneca to purchase 30 million doses of its vaccine in the first half of 2021.It has also reached an agreement with COVAX, a facility co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), to receive another 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.The Ministry of Health has said health care workers and others involved in fighting COVID-19, diplomats, and customs and immigration officers are among the priority groups in Vietnam’s vaccination plan.

Other groups included in the plan are army and police forces, teachers, people over 65, people who provide essential goods, people with chronic diseases, people who work or study abroad, and residents of pandemic-hit areas.

3. Hanoi to complete planning of inner city zoning and Red River

Weekly Events (from February 25th to March 3rd)

Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue speaks at the session.

The Standing Committee of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee agreed on the policy for all six subdivision planning projects on inner city zoning in the four districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hai Ba Trung at a working session held on February 25.At the session, the Standing Committee of the City Party Committee also listened to a report on the Red River subdivision planning and commented on major guidelines and orientations on the draft plan.

The Red River subdivision planning project is to be implemented on a 40km long section of Red River from Hong Ha Bridge to Me So Bridge, covering an area of about 11,000 hectares that includes 55 wards and communes of 13 districts.Speaking at the meeting, Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue spoke highly efforts made by the Party Committee of the City People’s Committee and related departments and branches in completing difficult projects.

He suggested the Party Committee of the City People’s Committee, departments and branches continue to complete the remaining work to soon complete planning projects, creating the basis for promoting the potentials and strengths for the city’s socio-economic development.

4. Hanoi students to return to schools on March 2

Students in Hanoi are set to come back to school on March 2, according to a dispatch issued by the municipal People’s Committee on February 27.The date applies for students from kindergarten to high school levels, while colleges and centres for vocational training and continuing education will reopen a week later.

Weekly Events (from February 25th to March 3rd)

Relevant agencies have been asked to exert efforts in ensuring safety for students when they resume going to schools, and enforce strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Schools are also requested to complete the curriculum in tandem with guidelines of the Ministry of Education and Training and prepare for the upcoming national high school and secondary school examinations.Students in the city had to stay home and study online from February 2 when new cases of locally-transmitted cases of COVID-19 were reported in the city late January.

Hanoi had not detected new cases of COVID-19 for 11 consecutive days to February 26./.

(vietnam.vn review)