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American food association wants to vaccinate Vietnamese cashew workers

By Dat Nguyen August 5, 2021 | 15:21 GMT + 7

Cashew nut. Photo by Pixabay / Mahesh Patel.

An American food association has urged the Vietnamese government to prioritize cashew workers for vaccination, as the industry plays a major role in trade.

The American Association of Food Industries (AFI) urged Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to prioritize the distribution of vaccines to agricultural and food production workers in Vietnam, especially the cashew sector , which is an important element for many of its members.

The vaccination would help Vietnam “to maintain its leadership in the sector, a position which, if lost, may never be regained,” he said in a letter.

AFI has around 1,000 member companies, including several Vietnamese. Many AFI US members import products from Vietnam.

Pham Van Cong, president of the Vietnam Cashew Association (Vinas), said the supply chain to the United States and other markets could be disrupted if the vaccination of cashew workers is delayed.

Vietnam has been the world’s largest cashew exporter for the past 16 years. The US market accounts for nearly a third of the $ 3.5 billion worth of Vietnamese annual cashew exports.

Last week, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) also called on the US and Vietnamese governments to speed up vaccine distribution to major suppliers.

More than 7.55 million Vietnamese have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus but only 778,986 have received two doses.

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