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Fashion brands lobby US for COVID vaccines for Vietnam suppliers

Virus slams output in key global production center for apparel and shoes

Pedestrians walk past an Adidas store on Oxford Street in London.   © Reuters

HO CHI MINH CITY -- A trade group representing Gap, Adidas and other global fashion brands is asking the U.S. and Vietnamese governments to help vaccinate workers in the Southeast Asian country's vital garment industry against COVID-19.

In a pair of letters sent Tuesday, the American Apparel & Footwear Association asked U.S. President Joe Biden to ship more vaccines to Vietnam, and for Hanoi to prioritize jabs for the garment and shoe sector, which has seen a wave of factory shutdowns due to surging coronavirus cases.

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