France to help Vietnam secure Covid-19 vaccines as cases still surging as local infections goes above 9, 000


Specialised decontamination vehicles spray disinfectants on Ha Huy Tap Street, Vinh City, the central city of Nghe An on Monday (June 14, 2021) after a COVID-19 infection case was detected. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, June 14 (Vietnam News/ANN): France is to provide support to Vietnam in its efforts to secure much needed Covid-19 vaccines, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh in a phone call on Monday.

The two leaders said both countries value the France-Vietnam strategic partnership and reiterated their commitment to further develop relations.

The French PM said Vietnam is among France's most important partners in the region and lauded the country for its success in the fight against the novel coronavirus so far.

The two leaders agreed that Vietnam and France should continue their close coordination at multilateral forums, particularly the UN, ASEM and the Francophonie while promoting Asean-France ties, especially now that France has become a development partner of Asean since 2020.

The two leaders discussed measures to further boost trade, especially exports of Vietnamese agricultural products to France and how to remove the European Council's yellow card on Vietnamese seafood.

In regards to the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea), the two State leaders highlighted co-operation on promoting sustainable development goals, adapting to climate change, protecting the environment, maintaining peace, security, stability and ensuring respect for international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

The health ministry on Monday evening (June 14) also confirmed a further 75 new local Covid-19 infections and five imported cases in six localities, bringing the daily increase on the day to 272.

A total of 236 among the 266 new local cases on Monday were detected in quarantine facilities or locked-down areas.

The country has logged 7, 523 cases since the beginning of the fourth wave of infections, accounting for the majority of the national caseload of 9, 093 domestically transmitted since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

A total of 238 patients were given the all-clear today, the biggest number of recoveries recorded in a single day in Việt Nam to date, pushing the total to 4, 236.

The country has recorded 61 Covid-19 related deaths, including two new victims today. - Vietnam News/ANN

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