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Vietnam to end virus lockdown in largest city after 3 months

Sep. 30, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam will lift the lockdown in its largest city on Friday, ending nearly three months of restrictions on movement to curb a coronavirus surge. People in Ho Chi Minh City, a metropolis of 10 million, will be able to leave their homes,...

World Bank cuts Asia growth outlook, calls for virus action

Sep. 28, 2021 00:58 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The World Bank on Tuesday cut its economic growth forecast for developing countries in East Asia due to the impact of the coronavirus’s delta variant and called on governments to help the poor and small businesses avoid long-term damage. Excluding...

Cuba launches commercial exports of COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has begun commercial exports of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela. President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced the arrival in Vietnam on his Twitter feed Sunday. The official...

AP PHOTOS: Behind barricades, Vietnam battles 'enemy' virus

Sep. 21, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

VUNG TAU, Vietnam (AP) — The roadblocks and barricades make the streets of this southern Vietnamese city look like they did during the war that ended almost 50 years ago. But this time, the battle is being fought against the rampaging coronavirus. In Vung Tau, just...

The Latest: March protests Australia state's vaccine mandate

Sep. 20, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in the streets of Australia’s second-largest city to protest against mandatory coronavirus vaccine rules in the construction industry., The protest Tuesday in Melbourne was aimed at a Victoria state...

'We were them:' Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents...

Long weekend becomes 9-week lockdown for AP Vietnam reporter

Sep. 16, 2021 22:07 PM 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...