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|EuroCham presenting the test kits to the Ministry of Health|
The sector committee will assist the Ministry of Health (MoH) in allocating the donated kits to localities which are hit by the fresh wave of COVID-19. At a time of high risk of community spread, EuroCham’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Sector Committee wishes the 12,000 test kits from European industry members will support Vietnam in coming to grips with this fresh outbreak, sharing the spirit of the European business community of contributing to the containment of the outbreak in Vietnam.
Torben Minko, chairman of EuroCham’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics Sector Committee representing 26 multinational medical devices and diagnostics companies operating in Vietnam supplying the vast majority of healthcare products distributed in the country, is committed to supporting the government and all Vietnamese citizens in this fight.
“Our industry is ensuring a stable supply and importation of sustainable, innovative, and high-uality healthcare products to meet the demand of effective prevention and fight against the pandemic as well as treatment activities. At the same time, we would like to make this practical contribution to join the current efforts of the government in this critical time in order to promptly control the outbreak,” he said.
“Given the high risk of community spread, we believe massive testing in the community is of significant importance to timely identify infection zones and high-risk cases, reduce the possibility of community spread. With these 12,000 test kits, we wish to increase the number of people in Vietnam being tested in time and effectively support expanding the scope of mass testing in the nation,” he added.
Nicolas Audier, chairman of EuroCham said, “Medical devices are at the forefront of the campaign against COVID-19 and EuroCham is proud that the Medical Devices and Diagnostics Sector Committee has made such an important contribution to support Vietnam in its fight against this global pandemic. EuroCham and our medical devices and diagnostics member companies stand together with Vietnam during these uncertain times. We are proud to support the government’s world-leading response and re-affirm our long-term commitment to the health of Vietnamese citizens and the future development of Vietnam’s health sector.”
Vietnam reported 22 new COVID-19 infection cases by 6pm of August 13, including 14 victims in Danang, two in Quang Nam, one in Quang Tri, and five in Khanh Hoa. Also, on the same day, two people died of the deadly virus, increasing the total number of deaths to 20.
As of today, the country had 905 COVID-19 infection cases, including 327 foreign arrivals.
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