What you need to know in Vietnam today:
-- Vietnam's lawmaking National Assembly ratified the appoinment of Phan Van Giang, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army, as Minister of National Defense on Thursday.
-- The Vietnamese legislature voted to name Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, as minister on Thursday. Son took over from Pham Binh Minh, who is still Deputy Prime Minister after leaving his foreign minister post.
-- Nguyen Kim Son, director of the Vietnam National University, Hanoi, was voted in as Minister of Education and Training on Thursday.
-- Vietnamese authorities said on Thursday they had fined 53 Chinese people a combined VND210 (US$9,134) for illegally entering Vietnam.
-- Over 56,000 people in Vietnam had been vaccinated against COVID-19 by 4:00 pm on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said in a report on Friday.
-- Four children have died of hand, foot, and mouth disease in Kien Giang Province, Long An Province, and An Giang Province since the beginning of this year, according to the health ministry.
-- Nguyen Quoc Phuong, Deputy General Director of state-run Airports Corporation of Vietnam, has been confirmed as one of the five new Board Directors of the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific.
-- Vietnam's largest private conglomerate Vingroup put the country's first smart electric bus to use in Hanoi on Thursday. VinBus operates this electric bus.
-- Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC continue to sit atop the V-League 1 table after beating hosts Da Nang FC in the eighth round on Thursday.
-- Spanish Rider Javier Perez from Ho Chi Minh City-Vinama won the third stage of the HTV Cup cycling race on Thursday. The race is organized annually to celebrate Vietnam's national reunification (April 30, 1975). It includes 22 stages in this 33rd edition.
-- India is probing whether blood clotting is a side effect of AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech vaccines currently administered in the country, Reuters reported, citing financial daily Mint.