Vietnam Goes Full Virus Maoist — To No Avail

 

Until this summer, Vietnam was a Covid success story.

Many Americans still think of Vietnam as a poor country of rice farmers. In fact, Vietnam’s economy has surged since 2000 as it picks up manufacturing priced out of China, its historic foe to the north. Fewer than 10 percent of Vietnam’s 100 million people now fall below the global poverty line.

Like China, Vietnam has a nominally Communist government better described as pro-growth and authoritarian. And like China, Vietnam moved aggressively to contain the coronavirus last year with apparent success.

In 2020, Vietnam reported fewer than 1,500 Covid cases and 35 deaths. In a March 2021 article, a group of academics – inevitably supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – bragged that Vietnam’s early lockdowns and aggressive contact tracing program deserved the credit.

Just how aggressive? Vietnam detained 4.3 million people in centralized quarantine centers in 2020, and quarantined another 6 million at home.

It also closed its borders to nearly all international travel and created a phone app that includes “allows users to declare their own health status, report suspected cases, and watch real-time movement of people placed under quarantine.”

In other words, an automated snitching program that would have made Orwell proud.

You also may not be surprised to hear that Vietnam cracked down on “misinformation” about Covid, too. “The government was on the lookout for misinformation from the very beginning… [and has] a specific decree outlining fines for people who use social media to ‘share false, untruthful, distorted, or slanderous information.’”

But Vietnam’s success at containing Covid abruptly ended this spring.

Its coronavirus epidemic began in May and exploded in late June. Since then, cases have risen 25-fold. On Friday, Vietnam reported more than 17,000 cases, its most ever – more than 10 times as many as it had in all of 2020.

Deaths are soaring too. Over the last week, Vietnam has averaged more deaths per-capita than the United States.

With this number of cases, individual contact tracing is effectively impossible, even for a centralized and authoritarian state. So Vietnam has implemented far more aggressive lockdowns than it did last year, including bringing in soldiers to enforce quarantines in the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).

As Reuters reported on August 26: “Vietnam has deployed soldiers to the streets of Ho Chi Minh City to help enforce the country’s strictest movement curbs yet which prevent people from leaving home, even for food.”

Apparently this plan… has a few flaws.

As a reader wrote in this morning:

“On August 23 they have implemented this so-called Directive 16 for two weeks which is like martial law at this point…

“Areas in the red zones are not allowed to shop at supermarkets for two weeks. Supposedly their plan was to have the military do the shopping for you and they can deliver it at your doorstep…

“As you can surmise, it’s a nightmare. [There is now] a mobile app for food and essential stuff but the supermarkets are inundated with orders it can’t cater to everyone. So much for the military doing the shopping…”

Sit tight and hope the military deliver that promised sack of rice…and that it lasts

Where all this goes remains to be seen. Presumably the Vietnamese government will not starve its citizens to death to reduce case counts for a virus that roughly 997 out of every 1,000 people survive. (Though, at this point, who can be sure?) But the Vietnamese economy and global clothing and shoe supply chains are already starting to feel the pinch.

But maybe the biggest question of all remains unanswered: why now?

Inevitably, the media and government are blaming the Delta variant. But the variant was widespread worldwide well before the explosion in cases Vietnam saw two months ago.

But Vietnam did see one big change this summer: the beginning of a mass vaccination program. Vietnam didn’t depend on Chinese vaccines, either (not surprising, given the long history of conflict between the two countries). It has mostly used the AstraZeneca DNA/AAV vaccine, along with the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines – the same trio that have dominated Europe.

As of early June, almost no one in Vietnam was vaccinated. Today, almost 20 percent of the country has received at least one dose.

The pattern is exactly the same as we saw in Israel and Britain in January, and many other countries over the spring. The first dose of mass vaccination campaigns is associated with a huge spike in cases.

Too many countries have seen this trend for it to be called coincidental. The question is what’s causing it. Possibilities include post-vaccine behavioral changes (hot vaxxed summer!), vulnerable people clustering together at vaccination sites, or (most likely) some short-term vaccine-driven suppression of the immune system.

Given that we know now peak mRNA vaccine protection lasts a matter of months at most, the post-first-dose spike is even more important in judging the costs and benefits of vaccines. But vaccine advocates will not even acknowledge the existence of the post-first-dose spike, much less admit that it leaves the case for mass vaccinations even murkier than before.

No matter.

Whether they choose to admit the truth or not, Vietnam’s experience proves again that virus gonna virus. Extreme measures may temporarily delay the spread of Sars-Cov-2 (at enormous cost to civil liberties). But without a permanent and effective vaccine, every country – and every person – will eventually be exposed. And right now, we are nowhere near a permanent and effective vaccine.

I’d say all of this on Twitter, but I can’t.

You can, though.

Source: Substack

The Covid Rouge
Comments (11)
Add Comment
  • ken

    “Fewer than 10 percent of Vietnam’s 100 million people now fall below the global poverty line.”

    So only 10 million make less than a $1.90 per DAY. Definite poverty breaker bell ringer!
    Just had to mention that… The rest average $10 per day….

    Can you in the Western nations live on that? And the Blacks bitch about slavery,,, I’d love to see them complain to these hard working Asians how bad they got it in the West,,, US in particular. (lol)

    “Virus gonna virus”. Damn virus doesn’t exist but our Ferengi society gonna make a buck or a click and to hell with the truth. Lies and blood sell better. 40-50 thousand and counting for jab deaths.

    Armstrong says the 50,000 deaths are “very low” considering how many got the jabs. Doesn’t mention the millions of serious adverse events. Doesn’t mention that that number is probably only 10pct of the actual. MSM’s code for vaxx deaths is “Dying of a short illness” And, of course, he fails to compare this to other vaccines in their first eight months. But the message is “Just get the damn jab”

    So get out there,,, risk your life and your families lives over a flu with a 99.87pct recovery rate. Yeah,,, makes a lot of f-ing sense…

  • GMC

    The variant viruses are still being spread around the world by the usual globalists. Vietnam let the US build a bio lab in their country too, the only thing that lab should be doing is helping the Agent Orange problem but – nobody knows what they do in it.

    I noticed another alternate media anti vaxer and anti covid 19 has passed away from the Virus. I truly believe that there are death squads going after outspoken anti vaxers celebrities. A little sarin spray will take your lungs and your life – out. David Steele, an x retired intel guy died from ” Covid 19 ” . No he didn’t – he was wacked.

  • Voz 0db

    Vietnam’s experience proves again that virus gonna virus

    Utterly FALSE.

    Vietnam’s experience proves again that experimental intoxication via inoculation and the use of PCR kits always causes!

    https://i.postimg.cc/Bt9XV4nx/Vietnam-COVID-jabs.png

  • Emmet John Sweeney

    The Vietnamese are not of course dying of COVID – which almost certainly doesn’t exist; they’re dying of the “vaccine”. In EVERY country where the “vaccine” was rolled out, the death-rate rocketed up – and this increase precisely corresponded with the introduction of the vaxx. By this reckoning, all the excess deaths recorded thereafter were caused by the vaxx. None of this, of course, is included in “official” vaccine adverse reaction-reports. In the UK alone I would estimate that up to 200,000 have died of the vaxx since its introduction in late December. A brother-in-law of mine was one of the victims – though the hospital of course said he died of COVID.

    • ken

      Exactly….

      “The first dose of mass vaccination campaigns is associated with a huge spike in cases.Too many countries have seen this trend for it to be called coincidental.

      The question is what’s causing it. Possibilities include post-vaccine behavioral changes (hot vaxxed summer!), vulnerable people clustering together at vaccination sites, or (most likely) some short-term vaccine-driven suppression of the immune system.”

      Notice what is not included…. the kill shot itself.

      Then we have this cutie:

      “Given that we know now peak mRNA vaccine protection lasts a matter of months at most, the post-first-dose spike is even more important in judging the costs and benefits of vaccines.”

      That’s outright false. The CDC, WHO and the manufacturers state the ””’vaccine”” does NOT prevent infection nor transmission. However, they MAY lessen some symptoms.

      They’re just making shit up as they go. They don’t have a clue. It’s a experimental Frankenstein gene altering goo filled with graphene, ethylene glycol, stainless steel particles, parasites and other really cool stuff that causes your red blood cells to clump and mini clots everywhere.

      One has to be a special kind of stupid to voluntarily inject this concoction.

  • Godfree Roberts

    Like China, Vietnam has a nominally Communist government better described as pro-growth and authoritarian.????

    China? Authoritarian? Where else but in an authoritarian country does the leader have the sole power to:
    * Declare war. Frequently. 
    * Issue 300,000 national security letters (administrative subpoenas with gag orders that enjoin recipients from ever divulging they’ve been served); 
    * Control information at all times under his National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions. 
    * Torture, kidnap and kill anyone, anywhere, at will. 
    * Secretly ban 50,000 citizens from flying–and refusing to explain why.
    * Imprison 2,000,000 citizens without trial.
    * Execute 1,000 citizens each year prior to arrest.
    * Kill 1,000 foreign civilians every day since 1951
    * Massacre its own men, women and children for their beliefs
    * Assassinate its own citizens abroad, for their beliefs.
    * Repeatedly bomb and kill minority citizens from the air. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/mar/02/duncancampbell) (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/10/move-1985-bombing-reconciliation-philadelphia).

    No Chinese leader has ever had such power.

    • tunamelt

      “No Chinese leader has ever had such power”

      Ah, its anti empire’s resident wumao!

      Thanks for that lie. In your made up world Mae Zedong never did kill millions who didn’t have it coming to them. What crap. Do you have a cut and paste comment generator?

  • Steve Kastl

    Why on earth would Vietnam mirror what we in the USA do? Lockdowns are imperial USA bullshit. Lockdowns do nothing but destroy your economy.

    • tunamelt

      They have a totalitarian government dumbshit. Leftists live in a perpetual state of denial.

  • Steve Kastl

    Use Sputnik or the Chinese vaccines? They actually work without killing millions like mRNA shots do.