7 June 2021

Nam Ou River Basin Power Company hands over drinking water purification project to Hatkeep villagers ## Lockdown extended for 15 days, some restrictions lifted


- GX Foundation provides medical supplies for Covid response
The GX Foundation on Friday provided medical supplies worth more than US$1 million to support Laos’ response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The supplies included personal protective equipment for medical staff including gloves, glasses, face shields and masks.
The supplies were presented to Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Professor Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, by the President of the GX Foundation, Mr Liang Zhenying.
Dr Kikeo said the donated items were greatly appreciated and essential to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and would protect healthcare staff during the course of their work. ..More >>>

- Mass rollout of Pfizer vaccine to begin next week
Healthcare workers in Vientiane will begin administering the first dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to target groups starting on June 16.
The move is part of government efforts to expedite the vaccination programme and immunise 3.7 million people, or 50 percent of the total population, by the end of this year. Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Ministry of Health, Dr Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, told a press conference on Saturday that the Pfizer vaccine will be given to 50,300 people over the age of 60 and with underlying health conditions. ....More >>>

- Lockdown extended for 15 days, some restrictions lifted
The government has extended the lockdown for another 15 days until June 19, with restrictions to continue in areas of infection known as red zones, while some virus control measures have been eased.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday ....More >>>

- Nam Ou River Basin Power Company hands over drinking water purification project to Hatkeep villagers 
Nam Ou River Basin Power Co., Ltd. has handed over a drinking water demonstration project to Hatkeep village in Ngoi district, Luang Prabang province, to help local villagers access clean and safe drinking water. The handover ceremony of the project took place on May 27 in the village, downstream of the Nam Ou 2 Hydropower Station. ...More >>>

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- Laos, UN partner to create sustainable food system
The National Food Systems Summit Dialogue 2021 last week focused on four key areas outlining a national pathway towards a more sustainable food system in Laos. As part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, the Food Systems Summit 2021 aims to establish more sustainable food systems around the world and inspire action....More >>>

- Lao Airlines to resume domestic flights, bus station remains closed
Lao Airlines will resume domestic flights soon, as authorised in a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday which eases some of the lockdown restrictions. The notice authorises the resumption of road and air passenger transport between Vientiane and the provinces, meaning individuals and commercial traffic can now travel freely, except in virus outbreak areas. ...More >>>

- Blood transfusion centre faces rising demand from thalassemia patients
The National Blood Transfusion Centre in Vientiane, run by the Lao Red Cross, is facing an increasing demand for blood from people who suffer from thalassemia. The centre’s deputy director, Dr Khamchane Khammanivong, raised the issue while attending a blood donation drive on Friday, when students, army personnel, . ...More >>>

- City authorities clamp down on rule-breaking restaurants
Police are taking strict action against restaurants that remain open in violation of Covid-19 prevention measures, as well as people gathering in groups for social activities. The Economic Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security last week partnered with Vientiane authorities to carry out checks on restaurants in the capital and found seven in Sikhottabong district that were serving customers. . ...More >>>

- Laos, DPRK ink information-sharing agreement
Laos and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have signed a five-year cooperation agreement on information sharing, involving Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and DPRK’s Committee on Information.
A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in this field was signed in the DPRK capital Pyongyang on June 2 by the Lao Ambassador to DPRK, Sisavath Khamsaly, and. ....More >>>

- Japan makes US$1 billion commitment to provide vaccines for developing countries
The prime minister of Japan has committed to provide US$1 billion in assistance through the provision of vaccines for developing countries, including Laos, according to the Embassy of Japan to Laos. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on June 2 co-hosted a virtual COVAX AMC (Advance Market Commitment) Summit meeting with .....More >>>






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