World News in Brief: August 12

World News in Brief: August 12

Russia said on Wednesday (August 12) the first batch of its Covid-19 vaccine would be ready for some medics within two weeks and rejected as "groundless" safety concerns aired by some experts over Moscow's rapid approval of the drug. President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (August 11) that Russia had become the first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine, after less than two months of human testing. (3 hours ago)

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World News in Brief: August 11

  Aug 11, 2020 15:52:08
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia's efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is willing to participate in trials, as he welcomed a supply offer from Moscow that he expects will be free of charge. Russia expects regulatory approval for a potential COVID-19 vaccine this month and is ready to provide it to the Philippines, or team up with a local firm to mass produce it. 

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 20 mln: Johns Hopkins University

  Aug 11, 2020 11:35:29
Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 20 million on Monday (August 10), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. 

Sinovac launches late-stage trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

  Aug 11, 2020 11:35:19
China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday (August 11) a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. 

Vietnam supports UNSC’s resolution for peace, security in Guinea-Bissau

  Aug 11, 2020 11:05:41
NDO/VNA – Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations, has reaffirmed Vietnam’s support for the implementation of duties of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) under the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s Resolution 2512 (2020). 

Consequences of sanctions

  Aug 10, 2020 17:28:09
NDO – A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift or at least ease sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. The above appeal was made in the recent context of the “punishment stick” seeming to be overused by major countries, causing unpredictable consequences. 

World News in Brief: August 10

  Aug 10, 2020 15:50:49
More than 19.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 728,534 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. 

Int'l community pledges aid to blasts-stricken Lebanon

  Aug 10, 2020 11:21:14
The international community on Sunday (August 9) pledged timely and sufficient aid, well-coordinated under the leadership of the United Nations (UN), to assist the Lebanese people hit by the massive explosions at the Beirut port five days ago. 

Laos conducts over 30,000 tests for COVID-19

  Aug 10, 2020 11:21:04
A total of 31,103 people in Laos have received COVID-19 tests since January, according to Lao Ministry of Health report. 

ASEAN Foreign Ministers issue statement on Lebanon explosion

  Aug 09, 2020 21:24:18
NDO/VNA – Learning of the August 4 explosion in Beirut, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers on August 9 issued a statement on the incident, at a proposal of Vietnam. 

World News in Brief: August 9

  Aug 09, 2020 15:39:14
Indonesia reported 1,893 more novel coronavirus infections on Sunday (August 9), taking the total tally to 125,396 infections, the country's COVID-19 taskforce website showed. The number of death rose 65 on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 5,723. 

Vietnamese missions abroad celebrate ASEAN’s founding anniversary

  Aug 09, 2020 14:35:26
NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in its capacity as ASEAN Chair in New York hosted a virtual ceremony on August 7 to celebrate the 53rd founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (August 8). 

ASEAN should stay cohesive and responsive in new normal period: Officials

  Aug 09, 2020 14:31:31
NDO/VNA – Under Vietnam’s chairmanship, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has effectively implemented cooperation and connectivity targets, while overcoming difficulties to earn initial successes in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, and embarking on efforts for post-pandemic recovery, said Ambassador Tran Duc Binh, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to ASEAN. 

ASEAN FMs’ statement on maintaining peace and stability in Southeast Asia

  Aug 09, 2020 14:29:28
NDO/VNA – The ASEAN Foreign Ministers have issued a statement on the importance of maintaining peace and stability in Southeast Asia. Following is the full text of the statement: 

Lebanese police officer killed, 142 injured in anti-gov't protests after Beirut's deadly blasts

  Aug 09, 2020 11:05:45
A Lebanese police officer was killed and 142 people were injured on Saturday (August 8) in clashes during protests against the ruling class in downtown Beirut, days after massive explosions rocked the Lebanese capital that killed at least 158 and injured 6,000 others, LBCI TV channel reported.