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  • After the Covid-19 epidemic returned to the Mekong Delta region with the number of Covid-19 cases tending to increase gradually, most provinces in the South region also began to upgrade the disease to minimize the spreading of Covid19. Seafood manufacturers need to increase the frequency of testing for workers (recommended every 3 days/100% of employees) to ensure that all workforce is tested regularly to detect new cases in time.
  • The price of shrimps at the end of the season is constantly increasing. The price of both raw Vannamei and Black Tiger shrimp in the Mekong Delta provinces remain at high level and shortage of raw materials in the last weeks of 2021. The shrimp suppliers increase buying raw materials and work overtime to meet the shipment schedule. Main sizes of Vannamei is 40-70 count, while Black Tiger is 20-40 count.
  • CPTPP is the second largest market for Vietnam’s imports after the US, accounting for 25% of Vietnam’s total shrimp export value to shrimp markets. As of November 2021, Vietnam’s shrimp exports to the CPTPP market were estimated at US$905.2 million, down 0.2% over the same period. Japan is the largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp in the CPTPP.
  • CP Vietnam and PAN Group have just signed a strategic cooperation agreement, thereby committing to support each other in expanding and developing business activities. The two sides agreed to cooperate in developing the shrimp value chain, from seed to table, in order to raise the level of Vietnam’s shrimp industry.
  • Pangasius import demand is recover to the level before the Covid-19 pandemic. The US market has strong growth, while Chinese demand is returning. Horeca is the main sales channel of many key pangasius markets, so the recovery depends heavily on the reopening of the economies of other countries. The EU market’s import demand is still sluggish, giving potential markets the opportunity to replace them.
  • The EU is the largest import market for Vietnam’s bivalve molluscs, accounting for 62% of the total export value of this item of Vietnam to the markets. As of November 15, 2021, Vietnam’s bivalve mollusk exports to the EU reached $73.7 million, up 38.5% over the same period last year. Italy, Spain and Portugal are the three largest single import markets for Vietnamese bivalve molluscs in the EU.

Covid-19 situation:

Vietnam Nationwide

  • Tropical Storm Rai, currently located off the Philippines, is expected to enter the East Vietnam Sea on Sunday, December 19, causing rough seas, heavy rain, strong wind and bad weather conditions on the mainland. Authorities in the coastal provinces of Central Vietnam closely monitor the development of the storm.
  • Vietnamese Deputy Minister Mr. Pham Binh Minh has given approval to a plan to resume flights between Vietnam and destinations such as Beijing or Guangzhou, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Bangkok, Singapore, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and San Francisco or Los Angeles, beginning January 1, 2022.
  • More than 1,000 shipping containers of Vietnamese exports to China have been stuck in the northern border province of Quang Ninh due to the falling handling capacity of Chinese customs, since part of the force has been mobilized for COVID-19 control amid waves of overseas Chinese returning home to celebrate the coming Lunar New Year holiday.
  • An additional donation of more than 4 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from the U.S. to Vietnam touched down in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on December 10, according to U.S. Embassy in Vietnam.
  • There are over 1.5 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses arrived in Vietnam on December 10, concluding a 30-million-shot deal between AstraZeneca and Vietnam VNVC.
  • Vietnamese Ambassador to India Mr. Pham Sanh Chau said that he was promoting cooperation among pharmaceutical companies in the southern Vietnamese city for the importation of patent medicine ingredients from India to produce COVID-19 drugs, including antiviral drug Molnupiravir.
  • The Ministry of Health has made a draft proposal to allow fully-vaccinated international arrivals to self-quarantine at home for three days and those who have not been vaccinated or given full doses to undergo seven-day isolation at their residences.

Ho Chi Minh City

  • Ho Chi Minh City is calling all with underlying diseases to get vaccinated soon as they are the most vulnerable to Covid-19. The city has already started offering booster shots for more than 2,000 people and will speed up the inoculation rate of this third dose.
  • A high vaccination rate and acceptance of Covid-19’s likely endemicity allow Ho Chi Minh City citizen to remain calm and get on with their lives even when neighbors and friends get infected.
  • HCMC has started imposing more stringent inspections on foreign arrivals, especially those coming from places where the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus has been detected.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has caused VND $273 trillion (US$11.8 billion) economic loss to Ho Chi Minh City.


  • A rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations in Hanoi has put a heavy burden on the local healthcare system, with many hospitals exposed to the risk of overcrowding.
  • The Authorities in Hanoi have suspended dine-in service in Dong Da District, which is at high risk of Covid-19 transmission, from December 13 to curb the spread of the virus.
  • Monitoring results recorded at various stations across Hanoi on December 12 show Hanoi’s air quality index at officially designated “very bad” level.

Khanh Hoa (Nha Trang)

  • On Sunday, December 19, the center of the Tropical storm Rai will be about 200 km from the coast of Phu Yen – Khanh Hoa province, the strongest wind was 150 km/h, level 13. It is moderated to heavy rainfall likely in some places due to the combined effects of the northeast monsoon and the developing low-pressure trough associated with tropical storm Rai. Authorities in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa closely monitor the movement of the storm.
  • There are 1,897,708 Covid-19 vaccine doses, including 918,133 second shots have been administered in Khanh Hoa Province. 99.6% adults have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines with 94.75% fully vaccinated. 108,948 kids aged 12 to 17 have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, accounting for 95.34% with 13.34% fully vaccinated.

Da Nang

  • From Friday to Sunday, December 17 to 19, showers are expected to continue lashing the parts of Central Vietnam from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai, including Da Nang, with moderate to heavy rainfall likely in some places due to the combined effects of the northeast monsoon and the developing low-pressure trough associated with tropical storm Rai. By the coast they will see strong winds at level 3 to 4 and the gusts as high as level at 5 to 6, and farther inland could find strong winds at levels 2 to 3.
  • The current coronavirus resurgence in Da Nang still shows no signs of subsiding as its Covid-19 daily caseload reached 212 on Thursday, December 16, of which 60 were acquired in the community, one at centralized quarantine facilities, 114 during at-home quarantine and the remaining 37 in locked-down residential sites, the municipal Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control confirmed.
  • The majority of 1,967 Covid-19 patients being treated in Da Nang are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

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