Meanwhile, border posts of the fellow northern province of Lai Chau are working with commune-level authorities, local guards, and police to reinforce patrol duties along the border, said Lieutenant Colonel Le Cong Thanh from the Lai Chau Military Command. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s border patrol keeps guard up against inbound COVID-19 risk
Epidemic response plan
After Dec. 15, the current broad lockdown will be lifted, but a curfew will remain in place between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. local time except on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Unhindered travel will be permitted, allowing people to spend Christmas with family, but restaurants, bars and gyms won't be allowed to reopen until Jan. 20, and then only if the epidemic remains contained. "I call upon your sense of responsibility," French President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationwide broadcast last week. "This will certainly not be a Christmas like the others," he warned, urging the French to wear masks and wash their hands. … [Read more...] about Most European Governments to Ease Pandemic Rules over Christmas Holiday, But Fearfully
But the nation’s dire shortage of personal protective equipment appears to have overridden such concerns. The Department of Health and Human Services said last month that the US would require an estimated 3.5 billion N95 masks to combat the pandemic, and on-hand inventories represent only a tiny fraction of that. In a recent survey, nearly 90% of mayors said their cities lacked sufficient supplies of masks to treat the epidemic. … [Read more...] about The FDA Reversed Itself And Has Now Approved KN95 Masks For Emergency Use
Funding also has been a challenge. Like other sanctuaries, Project Chimps relies on a mix of grants and public donations. Interim President Ben Callison says it will cost about $6.4 million to build new facilities, not to mention the expense of providing food, toys, and veterinary care for the apes; other sanctuaries spend $16,000 to $20,000 per chimp per year on those costs. That could mean more than $3 million in annual expenses for Project Chimps once all New Iberia’s animals are in residence. But New Iberia has only agreed to contribute a one-time payment of $19,000 per chimp, with no funding for lifetime care. … [Read more...] about Research on lab chimps is over. Why have so few been retired to sanctuaries?
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vietnam has been gradually controlled and the rate of HIV infection in the community is below 0.26 per cent. In the past 15 years alone, we have prevented about half a million people from being infected with HIV and saved the lives of about 200,000 people who may have died from AIDS. … [Read more...] about Vietnam, a bright spot in the fight against HIV and AIDS