China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday (August 11) a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma.

World News in Brief: August 10

More than 19.86 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 728,534 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Spotlight: Int''l assistance flows into Beirut after deadly explosions at port

Various assistance from a dozen of countries and international organizations is flowing to Lebanon after deadly explosions rocked the Port of Beirut, showing international solidarity and humanism.

EVFTA expected to help boost Vietnam-Czech trade ties

The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade’s website mpo.cz has recently published an article titled "The Vietnamese market is opening up, a free trade agreement can save millions of crowns for Czech companies.”

FACTBOX-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

Australia's second-biggest city Melbourne entered its first day of tougher restrictions and the Philippines decided to reimpose a stricter lockdown in and around the capital, reflecting worries about getting the coronavirus pandemic under control.

World News in Brief: July 29

Britain has signed a deal for up to 60 million doses of a possible COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, it said on Wednesday (July 29), its fourth such arrangement as the race to tame the pandemic heats up. No vaccine has yet been approved for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus that has killed more than 659,000 people and unleashed economic havoc worldwide.

Russia does not seek to rejoin G7: Kremlin

Russia has no plan to rejoin the Group of Seven given its satisfaction with the Group of 20, the Kremlin said Monday (July 27).

Vietnam enjoys great benefit from ASEAN membership: Deputy FM

Becoming a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has brought about great benefits to Vietnam in various fields, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.

French Finance Minister: EU summit deal marks birth of a new Europe

The European Union's deal on a massive, economic stimulus plan marks the birth of a new Europe, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Tuesday (July 21).

World News in Brief: July 16

Cambodia on Thursday (July 16) confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 166, said a Health Ministry's statement. The Southeast Asian country has recorded a total of 166 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with 133 patients cured and 33 remained hospitalized.

China: Major rivers, lakes see surging water levels

Major rivers and lakes in China have seen their water levels rise due to continuous downpours, local authorities said on Sunday (July 12).

Philippines reports 162 coronavirus deaths, largest daily increase

The Philippines' health ministry on Monday (July 13) confirmed 162 new coronavirus deaths, the country's biggest single-day increase in casualties, as a health ministry official said authorities validated some earlier cases included in the tally.

Defence cooperation key to addressing regional security issues: official

Defence cooperation plays a significant role in settling regional security matters, especially in the context of COVID-19, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, said while chairing the ASEAN Regional Forum Security Policy Conference (ASPC) in Hanoi on July 8.

DPRK repeats its unwillingness for more talks with US

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is unwilling to talk face to face with the United States and urged Republic of Korea (ROK) to stay away from meddling in Pyongyang's affairs, a senior DPRK diplomat reaffirmed on Tuesday (July 7).

World News in Brief: July 6

India has over-taken Russia with the world's third-highest number of novel coronavirus cases, at nearly 700,000, according to the latest data, as the outbreak shows no sign of slowing. 

ROK begins supply of Gilead''s remdesivir -KCDC

Republic of Korea (ROK) started supplying Gilead's antiviral drug for the treatment of the novel coronavirus on July 1, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

EU to prepare list of COVID-safe nations by Tuesday, Spain says

The European Union will have a list of COVID-19-safe countries for travel purposes ready by Tuesday at the latest, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Monday.

World News in Brief: June 26

Markets for stocks and other risky assets could suffer a second swoon if the coronavirus spreads more widely, lockdowns are reimposed or trade tensions surge again, the International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday (June 25).

World News in Brief: June 24

Top medics have warned British political parties that local flare-ups of the novel coronavirus are likely and a second wave is a real risk. The number of people in Britain who have died after being confirmed to have COVID-19 has risen to 42,927, from 42,647 the day before, health officials said on Tuesday (June 23). The increase includes 171 new deaths reported as of 1600 GMT on June 22, plus 109 deaths that occurred in April, May and June which had been reclassified as caused by COVID-19.

Online PREP-SOM prepares for 36th ASEAN Summit

The ASEAN Senior Officials’ Preparatory Meeting (PREP-SOM) was held online on June 22 and chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, head of the Vietnam ASEAN SOM.

World News in Brief: June 22

China reported 18 new coronavirus cases for June 21, 9 of which were in the capital Beijing, the National Health Commission said on Monday (June 22). This compared with 26 confirmed cases a day earlier, 22 of which were in Beijing. Local authorities are restricting movement of people in the capital and stepping up other measures to prevent the virus from spreading following a series of local infections.

World News in Brief: June 19

The first trial results of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by CureVac are expected in two months, German news website Focus Online reported on Friday (June 19). CureVac, an unlisted German company, this week said first meaningful results could be available in September or October and, under favourable conditions, it could be approved by the middle of next year.

China's economic situation improving gradually, says vice premier Liu

China's Vice Premier Liu He said the country's economic situation has gradually improved, and that various indicators have shown marginal progress, in prepared remarks delivered on Thursday (June 18) by the chief securities regulator.

Hope for the US

Although the latest statistics have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic is devastating the US economy, economic experts still express hope and optimism about the prospects for the world's number one economy in 2021.

IMF board approves US$5 bln lifeline for Ukraine amid coronavirus recession

The International Monetary Fund's executive board approved on Tuesday (June 9) a US$5 billion loan deal for Ukraine that Kiev says is needed to stave off default as the coronavirus pandemic plunges the Eastern European country's economy into recession.