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Long weekend becomes 9 week lockdown for AP Vietnam reporter

Sep. 16, 2021 03:25 AM EDT

VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — I wake up as the loudspeaker outside my window starts the community broadcast at 7 a.m. I try to recall the date. Vietnam’s pandemic lockdown has been so long I’ve lost my sense of time. I now count by weeks. This is the ninth I’ve been...

Vietnam speeds up Hanoi vaccine drive; 1M jabs over weekend

Sep. 13, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is speeding up its vaccination program in an effort to loosen coronavirus lockdown restrictions in major cities by the end of the month, the government said Monday. Health workers administered vaccines throughout the night in the capital,...

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Sep. 12, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China's growing military influence. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the...

The Latest: New Zealand buys 500K Pfizer doses from Denmark

Sep. 11, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is buying an extra 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Denmark as it tries to keep its coronavirus vaccination program running at full speed, the government said. The doses are on top of New Zealand’s regular shipments from...

China pledges 3 million COVID vaccine shots to Vietnam

Sep. 11, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday as he wrapped up a visit to Hanoi. Yi's pledge comes amid a virus lockdown in Vietnam to contain a COVID-19 surge. About 23...

The Latest: More U.S. first responders are dying of COVID-19

Sep. 06, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

UNDATED -- The resurgence of COVID-19 this summer and the national debate over vaccine requirements have created a fraught situation for the United States' first responders, who are dying in larger numbers but pushing back against mandates. It’s a stark contrast from...

Harris holds steady on Southeast Asia trip as crises loom

Aug. 28, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In Singapore, in between a foreign policy speech and a roundtable talk about supply chain issues, Vice President Kamala Harris stopped to smell the flowers. Specifically, she checked out an orchid that the country named after her — a light fuschia...

Harris says she urged Vietnam to free political dissidents

Aug. 26, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday she raised issues of human rights abuses and restrictions on political activism in her conversations with Vietnamese leaders this week, but offered no indication those talks bore fruit. “We’re not...

Possible 'Havana Syndrome' incidents probed in Harris delay

Aug. 25, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

HANOI (AP) — U.S. officials are continuing to investigate two possible cases of so-called Havana Syndrome health incidents that delayed Vice President Kamala Harris' trip from Singapore to Vietnam. The investigation was in its early stages and officials deemed it safe...

Harris urges Vietnam to join US in opposing China 'bullying'

Aug. 25, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

HANOI (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris called on Vietnam to join the U.S. in challenging China’s “bullying” in the South China Sea, continuing her sharp rhetoric against Beijing as she met with Vietnamese leaders on Wednesday. “We need to find ways to...