Overseas Vietnamese, int’l friends make great contributions to Viet Nam’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage goal

Update: 16:44 | 06/10/2021
Responding to the call from the Vietnamese Party and State leaders, overseas Vietnamese around the world, as well as international friends and organisations, have given valuable moral, material and brainpower support to COVID-19 fight in Viet Nam, particularly to the country's goal of vaccine coverage.
Overseas Vietnamese, int’l friends make great contributions to Viet Nam’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage goal
People in Ho Chi Minh City are vaccinated. (Photo: Huu Khoa)

Contributions by overseas Vietnamese

As of October 3, 2021, the National COVID-19 Vaccine Fund, which was formed in May, received nearly 8.7 trillion VND (382.3 million USD) from businesses and individuals inside and outside the country.

Ngo Huong Nam, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that so far, overseas Vietnamese contributed over 60 billion VND to COVID-19 prevention and control activities, including about 12 billion VND to the National COVID-19 Vaccine Fund.

Meanwhile, more than 30 Vietnamese associations in different countries have launched campaigns to raise funds for COVID-19 control in Viet Nam, he said, adding that Vietnamese community abroad has also made contributions in brainpower to the fight.

Notably, Dr. Ho Nhan, an overseas Vietnamese in the US and General Director of Nanogen has been implementing the NanoCovax COVID-19 vaccine project, while Tran Ngoc Phuc, Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in Japan, Director of Metran Co. Ltd., has transferred the technology to produce ventilators to its partners in Viet Nam, and is producing air purifier masks.

Overseas Vietnamese, int’l friends make great contributions to Viet Nam’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage goal
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue witnessed the handing over of 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the Belgian Government to Viet Nam. (Photo: VNA)

At the same time, many intellectuals’ associations, including the Global Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts (AVSE Global) and the Viet Nam Initiative, are working actively to give support and consultations to Viet Nam in making strategies on pandemic prevention and control as well as economic recovery and development.

Support from international friends, organisations

Along with efforts from the Vietnamese Government and people, Vietnamese communities abroad have exerted efforts to help Viet Nam access vaccine sources, while international organisations have accompanied with Viet Nam during the fight against the pandemic.

To date, Viet Nam has received over 11.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX Facility. In October, COVAX will continue to allocate 85 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to countries around the world, including Viet Nam.

Nara Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam lauded Viet Nam’s performance in conducting the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with low ratio of severe reactions after injection. She held that there are positive signs that Viet Nam will receive all 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year.

Overseas Vietnamese, int’l friends make great contributions to Viet Nam’s COVID-19 vaccine coverage goal
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Hoang Giang (fifth from right) symbolically received 1.5 million Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the US Government. (Photo: Tuan Anh)

For his part, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Viet Nam Kidong Park said that Viet Nam's way to mobilise resources from individuals and the private sector through the National COVID-19 Vaccine Fund is a unique move. By voluntarily contributing to the fund, people and enterprises have shown their confidence in the Government.

The WHO representative recommended that the Vietnamese Government should speed up the COVID-19 vaccination as fast as possible for prioritised groups, while continuing to strictly implement its 5K message as well as public health protection measures to minimise the spreading of the pandemic when social distancing measures are loosened.

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(Source: VNA)