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Taiwanese footwear manufacturer donates $1mn to Vietnam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund

Taiwanese footwear manufacturer donates $1mn to Vietnam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 18:03 GMT+7
Taiwanese footwear manufacturer donates $1mn to Vietnam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund
People work at PouYuen factory under Taiwan’s Pou Chen Group in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Taiwan’s Pou Chen Group has donated US$1 million to Vietnam’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund to help the country fight against the pandemic and achieve herd immunity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the global economy, a Pou Chen representative stated, adding that many of the group’s factories in Vietnam have faced a lot of difficulties in 2020 and 2021.

Pou Chen has to ensure the number of orders, maintain its production, ensure jobs and benefits for employees, and strictly implement pandemic prevention measures to protect the health of all experts and workers.

In order to help Vietnam reach its vaccination target soon, the Taiwanese group decided to contribute $1 million to the Southeast Asian country’s COVID-19 Vaccine Fund.

With an aim to reach herd immunity, the fund was set up under a decision of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on May 26 and was officially launched on June 5.

The Vietnamese government wants to inoculate at least two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people this year. 

Pou Chen, a world leading sports shoe manufacturer, currently has eight factories in five Vietnamese localities, including Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Tien Giang, and Tay Ninh, with more than 130,000 employees.

PouYuen, the group’s factory in Ho Chi Minh City, has approximately 56,000 workers.

During the current transmission wave, one COVID-19 case has been recorded at the factory, while 141 direct contacts of the patient have been quarantined.

About 3,000 workers were also tested following the detection of the case.

Thousands of employees at PouYuen have been temporarily suspended from work for being related to multiple infection clusters.

In 2020, Pou Chen Group donated VND2.5 billion ($109,000) to the Vietnamese government’s COVID-19 prevention and control fund.

Vietnam has documented 10,999 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday afternoon, with 4,236 recoveries and 61 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has logged 7,787 local infections in 40 provinces and cities since the fourth transmission wave began on April 27.

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