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Vietnam's 'new COVID variant' part of existing Indian strain: WHO

Virus curbs remain key as vaccine shortage threatens companies in supply chains

Morning commuters make their way to work in buses and motorcycles at an industrial park in Bac Giang, Vietnam. (File photo by Getty Images)

HANOI -- As Vietnam's northern manufacturing hub fights COVID-19 variants, the World Health Organization's main representative in the country is urging authorities and companies critical to supply chains to continue containment efforts because vaccinations of factory workers are falling behind needs.

Since late April, Vietnam has been struggling to contain multiple COVID-19 outbreaks at factories located in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, two neighboring provinces near Hanoi, the capital. On Wednesday, authorities reported 241 new cases in the country, with 157 in Bac Giang and 31 in Bac Ninh.

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