August 10, 1961. The U.S. began chemical warfare in Vietnam. The imperialism began war in Vietnam much ago. As part of that war, imperialism began chemical warfare on this day. Between 1963 And 1966 over 6 Million liters of chemicals were dumped over Vietnam in its attempt to defeat the Vietnamese people. By 1971, imperialism sprayed 77 million liters of defoliants over South Vietnam, a part of today’s Vietnam. Of this amount of chemical, 44 million liters contained dioxin, which caused diseases and genetic mutations among the Vietnamese people, and in other living beings, which came to interaction with the chemicals. Some three million Vietnamese were affected by direct contact with dioxin in that decade.
Solidarity and cooperation shared by the peoples and governments of Vietnam and Cuba was the focus of an appreciation event in Havana, where gratitude was expressed for donations received to support the COVID-19 battle here.
At the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment (Mincex), First Deputy Minister Ana Teresita González Fraga thanked Vietnam for sending protective wear, materials and inputs for health care and hygiene, as well as food, among other resources.Read More »
Vietnam, with a population of 100 million people, has not recorded a single death from COVID-19. There has not been a single local case of the virus in the last three months. How has Vietnam been so successful in combating the virus where many richer and more powerful countries have failed?
Vietnam has been lauded as an emerging COVID-19 success story with the country reporting low case counts and no coronavirus-related deaths during the country’s outbreak. This Outbreak Thursday, we are going to take a closer look at the country’s response in order to better understand its success in controlling its epidemic as well as how the country plans to maintain that control in the future.
Vietnam’s first cases of COVID-19 were reported on January 23 – a son and his father who had visited from China. As of today, Vietnam has a had a total of 369 confirmed cases and no deaths according to the COVID-19 dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. These low numbers are particularly impressive as the country has a large population as well as limited income and resources compared to other countries suffering; Vietnam has a population of 97 million people and is considered a low-middle income country with limited healthcare capacity compared to other countries in the region. The country has also had no community transmission in the last three months – all new cases have been importations. 90% of all cases thus far have successfully recovered. Read More »
Some twenty years ago, when I moved to Hanoi, the city was bleak, grey, covered by smog. The war had ended, but terrible scars remained.
I brought my 4WD from Chile, and insisted on driving it myself. It was one of the first SUVs in the city. Each time I drove it, it was hit by scooters, which flew like projectiles all over the wide avenues of the capital.
Hanoi was beautiful, melancholic, but clearly marked by war. There were stories, terrible stories of the past. In “my days”, Vietnam was one of the poorest countries in Asia.Read More »
Vietnam celebrated the 130th anniversary of the birth of Ho Chi Minh Tuesday by announcing the imminent end of its COVID-19 outbreak, with no locally transmitted cases reported for 33 consecutive days.
Despite bordering China, where the outbreak began, Vietnam has recorded no deaths from the virus. It attributes its success to preventative measures such as early testing, contact tracing, and the quarantining of entire cities when cases were detected.
According to its Law on Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, Vietnam can declare the end of a pandemic when 28 days pass without any new cases being recorded in the community.
Nguyen Trung Thanh, Vietnam’s ambassador in Cuba.Photo: Endrys Correa Vaillant
It was September of 1973, in the province of Quang Tri, Vietnam. The “land of steel” smelled of gun powder; you could still feel the war’s cruelty. The Vietnamese people continued to struggle for independence and freedom, but Quang Tri was liberated territory and Fidel, in the name of Cuba, was there to be at their side.
Fidel was the first and only head of state to visit Vietnam in wartime. He expressed his admiration for the Vietnamese people’s capacity to struggle, to defeat the French colonialists and later the U.S. invasion.Read More »
During the commemoration of the landing of the yacht Granma and the creation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, December 2, 1960, Fidel announced the decision to establish formal diplomatic relations with Vietnam.Read More »