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Laos thanks Vietnam for assistance in Covid-19 combat

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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May 15, 2021 | 08:16

Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith said Vietnam’s timely support has significantly contributed to the pandemic fight in his country.

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Laos thanks Vietnam for assistance in COVID-19 combat
Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith. Photo: VNA

Lao Party General Secretary and State President Thongloun Sisoulith has thanked Vietnamese leaders for their messages of sympathies over the Covid-19 situation in Laos.

In a thank-you letter to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Thongloun Sisoulith said the Vietnamese leaders’ messages have vividly demonstrated the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

The Lao leader also highlighted Vietnam’s valuable, timely and effective support to Laos in personnel, medical supplies and medicines, saying the assistance has significantly contributed to the pandemic fight in his country.

We always keep a close watch on the Covid-19 situation in Vietnam, and highly value the measures taken by the Vietnamese Party and government to contain the pandemic,” he said.

Vietnam is one of the countries that have reaped great successes in Covid-19 prevention and control which have been lauded by the international community, the Lao leader continued.

“We believe that under the leadership of the Community Party of Vietnam and with the great national unity bloc, Vietnam will beat Covid-19,” he said, pledging that Laos will closely cooperate with Vietnam to win over the pandemic.

Laos thanks Vietnam for assistance in COVID-19 combat
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son (centre) symbolically presents the assistance from the Party, State, and people of Vietnam to Laos at the ceremony at Wattay International Airport on May 4. Photo: Vietnamnet

Vietnam’s assistance for Laos in the Covid-19 combat was handed over at a ceremony held at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane capital city on May 4, according to Vietnamnet.

The support consisted of 500,000 USD in financial aid and medical supplies, including 2 million medical face masks, 200 ventilators, and 10 tonnes of the Chloramine B disinfectant.

Notably, the flight from Hanoi also carried 35 Vietnamese experts sent to help Laos in the fight.

On this occasion, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Vietnam - Laos Cooperation Committee, and the Government Office of Vietnam also presented the Laos partners with 50,000, 500,000, and 20,000 medical masks, respectively.

Congratulating Vietnam on the significant achievements in the Covid-19 fight, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune appreciated the precious assistance from the Vietnamese Party, State, and people to the Lao counterparts.

Laos thanks Vietnam for assistance in COVID-19 combat
Laos Red Cross volunteers raise awareness on the symptoms of Covid-19 and the means to protect oneself from it, in a market in Vientiane, Laos, April 30, 2020. Photo by Laos Red Cross/Handout via Reuters.

The Deputy PM, who is also head of Laos’ central committee for Covid-19 prevention and control, also stressed that Vietnam is the first country to provide financial, personnel, and material support for his country in the latest outbreak.

Also on May 4, the Van Lang education group of Vietnam delivered 100 ventilators to Laos, part of a programme to provide medical supplies for Laos and Cambodia in the Covid-19 combat.

Another 800 ventilators will be sent to Cambodia in the time ahead, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ventilator production was funded by the Van Lang and Van Thinh Phat groups./.

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