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Ho Chi Minh City demands more autonomy to accelerate vaccinations

Vietnam's economic engine asks for Hanoi's nod to tap private funds

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has told Ho Chi Minh City officials that they have to take the lead in containing the virus and in keeping the bustling city's economy revved up. (Source photos by AP and EPA/Jiji)

HANOI -- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's commercial hub, is seeking more autonomy to accelerate its own vaccination drive as it comes under pressure from the central government's dual goals of growing the economy and containing the virus.

"Ho Chi Minh City must take the lead in pursuing the dual goal and not let a COVID-19 epidemic happen in the city," Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh told the city's authorities on Thursday.

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