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Harris opens CDC office in Vietnam as COVID rages in south

Hanoi deploys troops in Ho Chi Minh City to contain pandemic while VP's visit

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Hanoi for the second leg of her Asia trip on Aug. 24.   © Reuters

HANOI -- U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday will open an office of America's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Vietnamese capital as the Southeast Asian nation scrambles to suppress deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in its economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City.

The opening of the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the CDC is scheduled to be announced in the afternoon following Harris' meeting with Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

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