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COVID-19 spread at Vietnam Nike suppliers halts production

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/20/2021 Brandon Sapienza

Your local shoe store might not have Nike shoes for much longer.

As COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread throughout the world, two Vietnam-based suppliers for Nike have been forced to close amid an outbreak in the region.

In the last financial year, nearly half of all Nike shoe products were manufactured in Vietnam. With these closures, the supply of shoes will be drastically reduced, according to BBC News.

a group of people wearing costumes: Vietnamese workers put the finishing touches on a production line making athletic shoes at the Nike factory on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in this 2005. © Richard Vogel Vietnamese workers put the finishing touches on a production line making athletic shoes at the Nike factory on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in this 2005.

Vietnamese workers put the finishing touches on a production line making athletic shoes at the Nike factory on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in this 2005. (Richard Vogel/)

“The health and safety of our teammates, as well as that of our suppliers, remains our top priority,” Nike said in a statement.

The company added that they would also be working with their suppliers to generate a coordinated response in supporting workers that have been affected by this new coronavirus spike.

“We are confident in Nike’s ability to navigate these near-term dynamics, and we remain prudent in our planning,” the company continued.”

Among the suppliers that have been shut down are the Pou Chen Corp’s Pouyuen factory, which is also a manufacturer for Nike’s rival company, Adidas. The Pouyuen factory, located in Ho Chi Minh City will be shut down for 10 days, according to the Vietnam Health Ministry.

With the shutdown, 56,000 workers will be out of work for the time being. The employees typically sleep inside the factory, but health officials have not permitted for those arrangements to continue in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Vietnam has only vaccinated 4% of its 100 million population. In April, factory workers were given priority status to receive their vaccinations.

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