30 November 2021

MRC Council approves plans for sustainable development
Latest Update: - Cambodia provides US$13 million, 500,000 doses of Covid vaccine
 Cambodia has announced that it will provide US$13 million and 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to support Laos’ battle against the Covid outbreak.  The pledge came during bilateral talks on Monday between visiting Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen, ...More >>>

USAID provides US$2.4 million for Covid vaccination rollout
The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide an additional US$2.4 million grant to UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to further support Laos’ Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The grant will primarily focus on supporting the readiness, delivery and post-delivery monitoring of vaccinations.
Deputy Minister of Health Dr Snong Thongsna, joined by US Ambassador to Laos Dr Peter M. Haymond, UNICEF Deputy Representative to Laos Ms Beate Dastel, and WHO Officer-in-Charge to Laos Dr Jun Gao, launched the project at an event at the new Ministry of Health facility.
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Laos receives another 600,000 doses of Covid vaccine
The Ministry of Health on Monday received more than 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine donated by Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands through the COVAX Facility.
The new shipment will bolster the government’s efforts to contain the Covid outbreak, including the goal to vaccinate 50 percent of the adult population by the end of this year.
The vaccine will primarily be given to those who are at risk of severe infection and have not yet received all recommended doses of a Covid vaccine. Priority groups include healthcare workers, people aged 60 and over, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and essential workers including schoolteachers across the country, in line with the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan. . . ...More >>>

MRC Council approves plans for sustainable development 
The Mekong River Commission’s MRC Council has approved important documents including rules of procedure for the MRC Council and the joint committee, and a sustainable hydropower development strategy for the lower Mekong Basin. More than 140 representatives from the MRC member countries (Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam), members of the MRC Council and development partners discussed and approved the documents at the 28th MRC Council Meeting and Joint Meeting of the 26th Development Partners Consultative Group, which took place in Bangkok last week. The meeting also reviewed the implementation of work under MRC cooperation, gave directions for the MRC’s future work plans..More >>>
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