Vietnam donates medical supplies to 8 countries to help fight COVID-19 outbreak

Update: 10:28 | 19/05/2020
Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, authorized by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, on Monday handed over medical supplies to Ambassadors of Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand to help these countries fight COVID-19.
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Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (5th from left) and Ambassadors Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand at the handover ceremony. (Photo: Tuan Anh)

The donations were handed over to the Ambassadors to Vietnam of Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The gifts, which are hoped to help the countries effectively deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, include anti-bacteria cloth face masks, medical face masks, specialized protective clothing, and made-in-Vietnam COVID-19 test kits.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Dung highlighted the importance of enhancing cooperation among countries to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, hoping that the gifts will partly help the countries address difficulties caused by the medical crisis.

He expressed his belief that with efforts made by their governments and people, the countries will quickly overcome this difficult time.

vietnam donates medical supplies to 8 countries to help fight covid 19 outbreak
At the hand-over ceremony. (Photo: Tuan Anh)

The official said he hopes the countries’ governments would continue to coordinate, especially through mechanisms led by ASEAN, to facilitate the repatriation of their citizens and create favorable conditions for those who stay, especially international students, to have access to essential services.

For their part, the foreign diplomats thanked the Government and people of Vietnam for the support, emphasizing that these medical supplies are not only valuable material support, but also vivid evidence of the friendship and reliable partnership between Vietnam and other countries.

The ambassadors praised Vietnam's success in dealing with the pandemic, saying that Vietnam is a typical model in this fight.

They affirmed that their countries will continue to work closely with Vietnam to minimize impacts of COVID-19 on socio-economic development, as well as to recover from the epidemic.

Previously, in April, the Vietnamese government also provided support for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to help them in their fights against the disease.

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(Source: VGP)