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Vietnam sees chain drugstores boom during COVID pandemic

New health-conscious consumers look for quality, deals outside mom-and-pop shops

The Long Chau chain of drugstores has roughly 700 locations in Vietnam. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- As the coronavirus pandemic has spread through Vietnam, so has the number of drugstores operated by major chains.

Traditionally the domain of mom-and-pop shops, the number of drugstores run by the three major chains has increased eightfold since 2019 as Vietnamese residents become more health conscious in the wake of the pandemic.

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