What you need to know today in Vietnam:
-- Vietnam reported 41 local infections, including 10 in Ho Chi Minh City, on Friday morning, taking the national tally to 9,835 patients, with 3,708 recoveries and 55 deaths.
-- Ho Chi Minh City expects to inoculate two-thirds of its population against COVID-19 by 2022, chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said at a meeting on Thursday. City leaders said they were looking for vaccine supply and set a target of vaccinating all residents.
-- Authorities in Vietnam's Bao Loc City decided on Thursday to fine the owner of the Minh Chau Asian beatuy salon at 42 Nguyen Cong Tru Street for its violations of COVID-19 prevention rules. The owner also had the operating permit of the beauty salon revoked.
-- A Vietnam Airlines spokesperson said on Thursday that U.S. aviation regulators had allowed the carrier to operate 12 flights taking Vietnamese repatriates from the U.S. to Vietnam in 2021.
-- Ho Chi Minh City authorities arrested two men on Thursday for transporting 20kg of drugs from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to the city.
-- Ho Chi Minh City needs US$6 million to build infrastructure in 2021, according to a plan the municipal People's Committee recently announced.
-- The Ministry of Health decided on Thursday that it will inspect the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange over recent trading glitches.
-- Vietnam will take on Malaysia in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in the UAE at 11:45 pm on Friday (Vietnam time). The game will be broadcast live on national channels VTV5 and VTV6.
-- A patient was infected with the novel coronavirus after having tested negative for it for five times, the Center for Disease Control in northern Hai Duong Province said on Thursday.
-- "British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expects the Group of Seven to agree to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries during its summit starting on Friday," Reuters reported.