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|Vietnam handing over medical supplies to the US in mid-April|
According to the US Department of State, the US aid package includes a previously announced $4.5 million in medical assistance for the Vietnamese government to prepare laboratory systems and activate case-finding and event-based surveillance.
Besides, the assistance will be spent for essential resources and immediate assistance to revive the private sector by minimising the financial impact of the pandemic on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), address the non-financial effects that these SMEs are facing, and co-operate with the Vietnamese government and stakeholders to bolster the government’s relief interventions.
The fund will be used to support experts in their response to COVID-19, education, and community-based engagement to prevent the spread of the disease at entry points and public healthcare facilities.
Over the past 20 years, the US has provided Vietnam with more than $1.8 billion, including more than $706 million for health. Since COVID-19 broke out, the US government has pledged $775 million in medical emergency, humanitarian, economic, and developmental assistance to help governments, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations to beat the pandemic.
Previously, on April 16, the government and the people of Vietnam handed over medical supplies to the government and people of the US, while in a week earlier, 450,000 protective suits were sent to the US to help frontline healthcare professionals fight the global pandemic.