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Expansion plan for Vietnam’s largest airport gets tweaked

A view of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

The Ministry of Transport has approved amendments to the expansion plan for HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport. The plan, which lists targets until 2020 with orientation towards 2030, includes the addition of a third terminal and a 250 hectare expansion of the airport’s area. Specifically, the airport’s total area will be …

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Vietnam set to launch indigenous swine, avian flu vaccines

A person in lab coat in a vaccine development laboratory.

Indigenously produced vaccines for swine and avian flu have passed clinical trials and could be launched next year. The two vaccines, IVACFLU-S and IVACFLY, have passed clinical trials and proved safe and effective on healthy adults, Le Van Be, head of the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC), said …

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As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

A man stands in front of his house, collapsed by storm Son Tinh, in northern Vietnam in July 2018. Vietnam is among countries worst-hit by typhoons in Asia-Pacific.

Rapid growth and development are increasing the risk of heavy damage from powerful typhoons in the Asia Pacific, experts said. They urged governments and the private sector to collaborate on improving urban planning, protecting mangroves and developing “sponge cities” that can absorb water and prevent flooding. “(Cities) need to move …

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Vietnam appoints first female head of state

Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has been appointed Vietnam's acting president.

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has taken over as Vietnam’s first female Head of State. She will be Acting President until the National Assembly officially elects a new President. Her appointment followed the death of President Tran Dai Quang, who passed away on Friday morning after fighting a serious …

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Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret

One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again. Dung’s hands move with practiced ease. He has been doing this for 50 years and the dough is like putty in his hands. After some kneading he cuts the dough into smaller …

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