Read what is in the news today:
-- Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Friday night, Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged to speed up regional cooperation in technology transfer and research the possibility of a temporary agreement within APEC on the abolition of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines.
-- The Vietnamese Ministry of Health on Saturday morning confirmed 2,105 local COVID-19 infections, including 1,769 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, raising the national tally to 46,292, with 10,020 recoveries and 225 deaths.
-- The U.S. will continue to donate three more million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam through the COVAX international vaccine mechanism, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang have decided to implement extensive social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 from 0:00 on Sunday.
-- Two makeshift hospitals with a total of 5,880 beds are under construction in Ho Chi Minh City for COVID-19 treatment following a surge in the number of cases.
-- Authorities in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have set up a 100-bed makeshift COVID-19 treatment hospital that focuses on treating patients with mild symptoms.
-- Authorities in the central coastal city of Da Nang are expecting to carry out the inoculation of 20,000 people in the city at 100 vaccination sites per day, according to the municipal People’s Committee.
-- The south-central province of Khanh Hoa has decided to help its 800 native students in Ho Chi Minh City return to their hometown next week.
-- Authorities in the northern province of Hai Duong on Friday have initiated legal proceedings against a 40-year-old man for allegedly murdering his creditor and burning the victim’s body.