Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- Vietnam’s 15th Government for the 2021-26 tenure convened its first meeting in Hanoi on Wednesday, which was chaired by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
-- The Ministry of Health confirmed 4,639 local COVID-19 infections, including 2,318 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, on Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 241,543, with 85,154 recoveries and 4,487 deaths.
-- The government has asked the health ministry to allocate more COVID-19 vaccine shots to Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An so that the localities can ensure uninterrupted vaccination and soon achieve herd immunity.
-- A 32-year-old police officer from the southern province of Tay Ninh has passed away 13 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 despite doctors’ efforts. He previously participated in the tracing of direct contacts of coronavirus patients.
-- A commune-level chairman in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak has been suspended for letting local residents organize a birthday party for a five-year-old child last Thursday, which resulted in the detection of a COVID-19 cluster with 19 cases so far.
-- Police in the north-central province of Nghe An arrested a 39-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman on Wednesday after they were caught illegally raising 17 tigers inside their houses last week.
-- Border guard officers in the southern province of Binh Phuoc confirmed on Wednesday they had apprehended 10 Vietnamese people, including two children, for entering Vietnam unlawfully from Cambodia.
-- Vietnam’s NanoDragon satellite was transported to Japan on Wednesday night to prepare for its journey into the orbit.
-- Two new subsidiaries under Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, namely VinES Energy Solutions JSC and VinAI Artificial Intelligence Application and Research JSC, have been established with a charter capital of VND1 trillion (US$43.68 million) and VND425 billion ($18.6 million), respectively, according to the Vietnam News Agency.