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US donates 100 brand-new ventilators to aid Vietnam’s COVID-19 response

The United States (US) government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) donated 100 brand-new ventilators to Vietnam during a hand-over ceremony in Hanoi on September 30 to support its ongoing response to COVID-19.

The donation marks an important milestone in the Vietnam – US cooperation in healthcare as well as COVID-19 response, Vietnamese Acting Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said in his remarks at the event. The additional ventilators will help strengthen Vietnam’s treatment capacity, particularly for COVID-19 patients who need respiratory support, he said.

“The world is impressed by Vietnam’s strategy and proactive measures in tackling COVID-19,” Ambassador Kritenbrink said, adding that this serious disease remains a threat in Vietnam and the world.

“Building on the strong relationship between our countries over the last 25 years, the US government is pleased to support our friends in Vietnam with this donation of ventilators to fight the coronavirus,” he said.

The ambassador further noted that the donation delivers on US President Donald Trump’s offer of these critical-needed supplies to reinforce Vietnam’s resilience against the virus.

In addition to the ventilators, the US Government, through USAID, has committed 9.5 million USD to Vietnam in response to the pandemic, which is helping to strengthen clinical care, disseminate health messages, build laboratory capacity, improve disease surveillance, as well as support private sector recovery by mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the Vietnamese economy./.