Hanoi (VNA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF) marked their recent provision of $1 million in life-saving equipment and vaccine administration supplies to Vietnam to help his COVID-19 response at a ceremony on March 25.
The equipment and supplies, funded by USAID and delivered through UNICEF between November 2021 and February 2022, include 2.5 million syringes, 125,000 N95 face masks and 250 portable patient monitors. The donation comes at a good time as Vietnam responds to the current wave fueled by Omicron.
Speaking at the event at the Ministry of Health, Deputy Minister Tran Van Thuan thanked the international community’s support to Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19. Since 2020, the US government has donated $32.72 million worth of medical supplies to Vietnam, including $30.2 million Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses, he said.
He added that the Ministry of Health promptly distributed the face masks and patient monitoring monitors to needy cities and provinces, such as Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Ha Tinh, Ha Noi and Hai Duong.
Vaccine administration supplies worth an additional $1 million, including freezers and computers, will be delivered to Vietnam in the near future, he added.
“The United States and Vietnam have built on decades of collaboration and friendship, drawing on each other’s strengths and capabilities, to jointly identify and address the highest priorities when responding to
COVID-19[female[feminine“said USAID Vietnam Mission Director Ann Marie Yastishock.
She affirmed USAID’s unwavering commitment to supporting Vietnam’s response to COVID-19, including through partners such as UNICEF.
UNICEF continues to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and key partners, not only to focus on the deployment of safe vaccines, but to support the provision of medical equipment and medicines that are essential to save lives of COVID-19. , said Rana Flowers, UNICEFRepresentative in Vietnam.
Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, USAID and UNICEF have worked in partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen Vietnam’s risk communication and community engagement, and to improve prevention efforts. , infection control and response.
UNICEF, as the primary COVAX partner in the country, has been working to deliver US-supported COVID vaccines, totaling more than 33 million to date./.