00:00 | 24/04/2020 Cooperation
(VEN) - Vietnam is willing to share information and experience and collaborate with other countries and territories in containing the Covid-19 pandemic globally, and the country’s efforts and achievements have been highly rated by the international community.
Proactively controlling the pandemic
According to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Vinh, no country can efficiently control the pandemic’s spread alone, and Vietnam’s spirit of solidarity and international cooperation are therefore crucial in the battle against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in the context of the increasingly complicated development of the pandemic, Vinh emphasized that the major focus of current international cooperation should be placed on ensuring transparency and boosting information and experience sharing, particularly in scientific and technological research, and mutual assistance and support in resources, including medical equipment and supplies.
Talking about Vietnam’s cooperation with other nations in sharing its pandemic prevention experience, which has earned international plaudits, the Vietnamese diplomat affirmed that Vietnam had taken timely actions and assumed responsibility for fighting the epidemic.
The country has shared disease control information and experience, and closely coordinated with the World Health Organization (WHO) along with numerous countries inside and outside the region.
“Within our capacity, we have helped many other countries, and we have also received plentiful resources from them. This shows both Vietnam’s capacity to become involved in international integration and spur national development,” he noted.
Vietnam has received assistance from many countries in the fight against Covid-19. Recently, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced US$2.9 million in additional health assistance to help the Vietnamese government boost laboratory systems, strengthen case findings and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts in rapid response, risk communication, and infection prevention and control.
The Japanese government will provide Vietnam an additional at least 200 million yen (about VND43 billion) through international organizations, apart from biological products worth 20 million yen to help Vietnam contain the pandemic.
The Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK) provided Vietnam with financial assistance worth US$500,000 to help control the Covid-19 pandemic. The RoK shared with Vietnam its experiences in simultaneously testing a large number of patient samples, providing it with biological products, quick diagnosis kits and testing equipment to help Vietnam conduct a large number of tests at the same time.
Global health and health cooperation have long been part of regional and international diplomatic agendas. Vietnam has acknowledged medical diplomacy as an important part of its foreign policy that includes sharing with other countries and territories its experiences and learning from their experience in controlling the pandemic.
|Vietnam gifted medical equipment, including specialized protective clothing, medical masks and Covid-19 test kits worth over VND7 billion each to Laos and Cambodia|
Helping other countries
On April 7, Vietnam provided an additional round of assistance to five European nations, spotlighting its relations with key European countries during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Vietnam has gifted medical equipment, including specialized protective clothing, medical masks and Covid-19 test kits worth over VND7 billion each to Laos and Cambodia. The Government Office of Vietnam presented the Lao Prime Minister’s Office with medical masks, while the Vietnamese Ministry of Science and Technology donated to its Lao counterpart 500 kit sets worth VND250 million. Except for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, all instruments and equipment were produced by Vietnam according to national standards and are widely used in Vietnam. Vietnam also donated US$50,000 to help Myanmar control the pandemic.
Recently, Vietnam presented the US with 450,000 DuPont protective suits. US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink said in a public statement on April 8, “This shipment will help protect healthcare professionals working on the frontlines against Covid-19 in the US and demonstrates the strength of the US-Vietnam partnership.”
“This morning, 450,000 protective suits landed in Dallas, Texas. This was made possible because of the partnership of two great American companies - DuPont and FedEx - and our friends in Vietnam. Thank you,” US President Trump tweeted on April 9.
As the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) 2020 Chair and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term, Vietnam has been working closely with other bloc members and countries and territories worldwide to promote the readiness to respond and mitigate the outbreak’s impacts, reflecting a truly “cohesive and responsive” ASEAN.