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Vaccine Hesitancy Higher in Rural Communities Across Laos

People in rural communities fear potential side effects attributed to vaccines, with health officials working in remote areas reporting the widespread belief that side effects from Covid-19 vaccines and other vaccinations can be fatal. Meanwhile, those living far from urban centers say they believe they ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Laos and Thailand Discuss Land Border Reopening at Infrastructure Meeting

Officials from Laos and Thailand are to set up a working committee to discuss regulations regarding the reopening of land borders. “At the initial stage it would be a one-day trip at the border crossing between Nong Khai, Udon Thani, and Vientiane in Laos,” said ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Laos Launches Enhanced Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate with QR Code

Health authorities in Laos have launched a new enhanced Covid-19 vaccination certificate with a QR Code that will allow for greater authenticity and digital verification. According to a report by the Center of Information and Education for Health, the QR code on the Covid-19 vaccination certificate will ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Remote Learning Difficulty Leads to Push for Vaccination of Children

Low internet penetration and other issues, including budget constraints, have made the transition to online education difficult for students and teachers at public schools. Now, authorities hope that after opening vaccinations to children from 12 to 17 years, schools could soon re-open for in-person education. Keep ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

Most of the cases have occurred in Vientiane, prompting the municipal authorities to declare a strict lockdown for two weeks beginning Sunday. Under the new restrictions, residents will be forced to stay in their homes unless obtaining food or medicine, or making their way to ...

Sebastian Strangio

Online learning faces difficulties amid Covid-19

Currently, the Vientiane Education and Sports Office  is collecting the data of schools offering online teaching and learning through communication apps (Zoom) and those providing onsite teaching and learning. “Online teaching cannot deliver as good schooling results as onsite teaching technique and this is partly attributed ...

KPL

Lockdown measures extended through Sep 30

“Although imported cases are declining in these localities, community infections are expanding due to inter-locality travel and activities of organizations and individuals,” said the Deputy Head of the Taskforce Committee. As of Sep 15, 2021, COVID-19 outbreak situation in the Lao PDR has shown an increasing trend ...

KPL

World Bank highlights opportunities and challenges for Lao economy

The Lao economy is projected to steadily recover in the medium-term, but growth will remain below pre-pandemic levels at 4.5 percent in 2022. The Lao economy is projected to grow at 3.6 percent, down from the 4 percent growth anticipated in March 2021. The main risks ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Lao PDR: Economy Recovers then Falters Again under COVID-19

The Lao economy is on course for moderately improved growth in 2021, despite the second wave of COVID-19 denting the promising economic recovery made early in the year. The World Bank’s latest Economic Monitor for Lao PDR — A Path to Recovery —predicts that GDP ...

KPL

Landscapes and Livelihoods Project launch in Vientiane

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the World Bank launched a US$57 million Lao Landscapes and Livelihoods Project in Vientiane on Thursday, August 5. The project that will generate jobs and income in rural areas by promoting investment in environmentally sustainable and socially-responsible forest ...

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