A Close Look At Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers Donated To Vietnam By The US
|36 ultra-low temperature freezers that were donated by the US have arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday. Photo Zing News|
These freezers are the first of 111 ultra-low temperature, medical-grade storage units that the US Department of Defense is providing to the Government of Vietnam with a total value of approximately 1 million USD, according to the US Embassy in Vietnam.
“It’s a super cold sign of a very warm friendship!,” the embassy wrote on its Facebook page after the handover ceremony at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) on Tuesday.
|The screen showing the temperature of a freezer which can store vaccines at low temperatures from minus 90 to minus 40 degrees Celsius. Photo Zing News|
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Of the freezers originally offered to Vietnam, 14 will remain at NIHE for national-level distribution and 63 are being sent to regional distribution centers throughout the country.
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An additional 34 units were requested by the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. The addition of these storage units will greatly improve Vietnam’s capacity and flexibility for distributing and storing Covid-19 vaccines nationwide.
|US Mission Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Christopher Klein hands over the first 36 freezers on Tuesday to the Ministry of Health at the NIHE, with the remaining 75 to follow later this month. Photo VNA|
Previously, vaccines for the national vaccination program are stored vaccines at normal cold temperatures or minus 20 degrees Celsius, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.
The US assistance is much needed as this time. Currently, Vietnam plans to store an increasing number of vaccines which will arrive in in the coming time and need to be stored at extremely low temperatures.
|Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong thanks US for donating the ultra-low freezers to Vietnam. Photo Zing News|
Deputy Minister of Health Truong Quoc Cuong said the US support was a valuable and meaningful source of encouragement, helping Vietnam to soon control the pandemic and gradually restore daily life and production.
US Mission Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Christopher Klein said the US would deliver another 400,000 doses of vaccine to Vietnam in the coming days.
|US Mission Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Christopher Klein and US delegates take a photo with the freezers. Photo Zing News|
On October 7 and 8, more than 1.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccine were transported to Vietnam. Along with the upcoming batch of 400,000 doses, the total number of vaccines donated by the US to Vietnam will be 9.5 million doses.
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|Rana Flowers, Representative of UNICEF Vietnam, holds a vial of Pfizer vaccine. Photo Zing News|
According to the US Embassy in Hanoi, besides the Covid-19 vaccine, the US also gave Vietnam other assistance worth USD27 million to cope with the pandemic.
Chargé d'Affaires a.i at the US Embassy in Vietnam Christopher Klein recalled that Vietnam had presented millions of personal protective suits to the US during the hardest period of fighting the pandemic last year.
He expressed his belief that with cooperation, the countries will defeat the pandemic.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday sent a letter to his US counterpart Joe Biden thanking the US Government for helping Vietnam with vaccines, medicine and medical supplies and equipment to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Phuc appreciates the efforts made by the Biden administration to support countries in the world in containing COVID-19 outbreaks and overcoming the difficulties brought by the pandemic, Vietnam News Agency reported.
He expressed a wish that the US would continue to assist Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic, and Pfizer would early deliver to Vietnam 31 million doses of vaccine as it had committed during his visit to the company’s headquarters in New York last September, so that the country could inoculate children from 12 to 18 years old.
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