A medical worker gives a shot of Nano Covax to a volunteer in the third-phase trials at the Hanoi-based Vietnam Military Medical University (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The emergency use authorisation for a COVID-19 vaccine is necessary but it must be based on sufficient scientific data, a health official said on June 22. Nguyen Ngo Quang, Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s Department for Science, Technology and Training, made the remark in response to the Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC’s proposal for validating its Nano Covax, a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, for emergency use. Quang noted that before approving a vaccine for mass use, it is a principle that the Ministry of Health (MoH) must ensure the safety, the generation of immunity, and the protective effect of that vaccine. The emergency use authorisation for a vaccine depends on many factors, and the MoH needs scientific data to make a decision, Quang emphasised. He stressed the MoH’s … [Read more...] about Vaccines can only be approved based on sufficient scientific data: official
Tax authorities said they would review the roadmap of taxation collection and pilot tax withholding at some e-commerce sites. A new circular released by the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance has been criticized for affecting the operation of e-commerce platforms and their hundreds of thousands of sellers. Under Circular No. 40, which will take effect on August 1, e-commerce platforms are required to declare and pay tax on behalf of third-party sellers on the platforms. Sendo said the application of the Circular will require a team of tax professionals to classify taxable revenue and tax rates applied. Photo: Grab The circular on value-added tax, personal income tax, and tax administration for business households and individuals are expected to collect tax from some people who obtain income on electronic commerce platforms but for years have not paid taxes. The tax authorities have asked e-commerce and delivery companies to take responsibility for the tax … [Read more...] about Would withholding tax on e-commerce be possible?
The RoK media quoted e-commerce website Ticket Monster (TMON) as saying that flight ticket sales in the July-August period showed Da Nang as the top foreign travel location. Travel in the city is relatively cheap, about 100,000 won (90.33 USD) per day, and is a manageable distance from the RoK, about four and a half hours by flight. TMON said its sales data shows a growing preference for places that offer hotel, resort, shopping and tourism activities altogether. In this website’s rankings, Da Nang is followed by the Japanese destinations of Osaka and Fukuoka. Last June, TMON named the city among the most popular tourist destinations for Koreans, both solo and couple travelers as well as those traveling with their families. Da Nang has emerged as a destination of leisure, media and spiritual tourism, as well as entertainment and shopping activities, and a venue of conferences. According to the municipal Department of Tourism, the number of visitors to the city is increasing … [Read more...] about Da Nang – most popular summer destination for RoK tourists
Illustrative image Hanoi (VNA) - Two international undersea cable lines - Intra Asia (IA) and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) - that make up the majority of Internet connection capacity from Vietnam to the world have encountered problems since the beginning of this year. The IA cable, connecting Vietnam with Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, experienced technical problems starting January 1. The cause was determined by a cable error on segment 1, about 49 km away from the docking station at Singapore’s cable line. The problem affects all connections to Singapore. Meanwhile, the APG cable had a problem on the S3 branch, interrupting information in the direction of connecting to Hong Kong (China), Japan. Currently, Internet service providers in Vietnam have not received any plan to repair the trouble on the two undersea cables. However, Viettel, VNPT and FPT are the providers that are using a lot of capacity on the two cable lines have diverted traffic to other undersea … [Read more...] about Repairs to Vietnam’s two undersea cables to take weeks
India on Tuesday declared a new coronavirus variant to be of concern, and said nearly two dozen cases had been detected in three states. The variant, identified locally as "Delta plus", was found in 16 cases in the state of Maharashtra, Federal Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told a news conference. The ministry said Delta plus showed increased transmissibility and advised states to increase testing. On Monday, India vaccinated a record 8.6 million people as it began offering free shots to all adults, but experts doubted it could maintain that pace. "This is clearly not sustainable," Chandrakant Lahariya, an expert in public policy and health systems, told Reuters. "With such one-day drives, many states have consumed most of their current vaccine stocks, which will affect the vaccination in days to follow." With the currently projected vaccine supply for the next few months, the maximum daily achievable rate is 4 to 5 million doses, Lahariya added. The effort has so … [Read more...] about India says new COVID variant is a concern