It's probably also worth noting that VietNamese statistics are not regarded as trustworthy across a wide range of domains. It's unlikely we should regard their "zero deaths" claim with any greater degree of confidence than we trust their economic statistics and quality of life data. The reality is probably some small number of deaths, the precise count of which will be revealed years from now.

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