Read what is in the news today:
-- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Singapore on Sunday at the start of a seven-day visit to the Southeast Asian region, which will also include a trip to Vietnam, according to Reuters.
-- Unusual hail hit several parts of Ho Chi Minh City and southern Dong Nai Province on Sunday evening.
-- The Ho Chi Minh City High Command officially deployed 310 working groups, including reinforcements from the 7th Military Region, at 11:00 pm on Sunday to support the transportation of aid packages, provide food, and shop for food for local households during a stay-put order to stall COVID-19 transmission.
-- Vietnam Vaccine Joint Stock Company (VNVC) officially handed over a batch of 1,209,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine under a purchase contract of 30 million doses between VNVC and AstraZeneca PLC to the Ministry of Health on Sunday morning.
-- Nearly 3,000 additional health workers were mobilized to assist the fight against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An Provinces on Saturday and Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu urgently switched from social distancing measures under the prime minister’s less stringent Directive No. 15 to extensive Directive No. 16 at 3:00 am on Monday following the detection of new local coronavirus cases.
-- Many residents of Hancorp Plaza apartment building in Cau Giay District, Hanoi have had to resort to stairways as the elevator service has been suspended over management fee disputes.
-- Taiwan will on Monday begin administering its first domestically-developed COVID-19 vaccine with top leader Tsai Ing-wen leading the way in getting the shot, according to Reuters.
-- Tropical Storm Henri slammed into Rhode Island on the U.S. east coast, knocking out power to thousands of Americans, uprooting trees and bringing record rainfall before weakening as it moved across New England on Sunday, according to AFP.