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Overseas Vietnamese in Germany, Switzerland support Covid-19 vaccine fund

Sophie Tran Sophie Tran

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June 26, 2021 | 10:24

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A representative of the Sen Vang charity organization recently handed 5,500 euros to the Embassy of Vietnam in Germany for Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine fund. Attending the reception ceremony were Ambassador of Vietnam to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu, Second Secretary Nguyen Thi Hong Nhung, president of Sen Vang charity organization Duong Thi Bich Ngoc, and Vice-President of the organization Ha Nam Trung.

Vu said he appreciated Sen Vang and spoke highly of the organization’s activities in the past 8 years, such as sending wheelchairs to people in need and providing free food in hospitals. Vu said the donations of the organization and other Vietnamese associations, clubs, businesses and individuals would soon be sent to the Covid-19 vaccine fund in Vietnam.

Overseas Vietnamese in Germany, Switzerland support Covid-19 vaccine fund
Sen Vang support the Covid-19 vaccine fund. Photo: Vietnam Times

Ha Nam Trung, vice-president of Sen Vang, expressed his sympathy for Vietnamese at home who were experiencing hardships due to social distancing. Trung said he hoped that overseas Vietnamese communities across the globe would support people in the country to overcome the pandemic.

Around the same time, the Switzerland-Vietnam Friendship Association, the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Switzerland and some Vietnamese and Swiss businessmen collected CHF 32,500 (approximately 29,700 euros) to the Covid-19 vaccine fund, in response to the call for donation of the Embassy of Vietnam in Switzerland.

The owner of the Vietnamese seafood distribution company Truong Vinh AG Truong Thanh Nguyen donated VND 125 million, the Switzerland-Vietnam Friendship Association and the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Switzerland VND 37.5 million each, and Truong Thanh Vinh, owner of a Vietnamese restaurant in Switzerland, VND 25 million.

In addition, Urs Angst, owner of the food processing company Metzgerei-Angst, donated CHF 20,000 CHF (VND 500 million), and Swiss businessman Urs Oberholzer donated over VND 25 million. Many other Vietnamese and Swiss in Switzerland also took part.

Vietnamese communities in Germany and Switzerland support the Covid-19 vaccine fund

Vietnamese Ambassador to Switzerland Le Linh Lan received CHF 20,000 from Swiss businessman Urs Angst. Photo: To Uyen/Vietnam News Agency.

Ambassador of Vietnam to Switzerland Le Linh Lan said he appreciated and acknowledged the dedication to supporting Vietnam of the overseas Vietnamese and Swiss communities, when the risks of Covid-19 outbreaks were high, facing new and more transmissible variants.

Truong Thanh Nguyen stressed that the contributions to the Covid-19 vaccine fund showed the overseas Vietnamese’ commitment to assist Vietnamese at home to get vaccinated, bringing lives back to normal and opening up the country.

Ngoc Dung Moser, secretary-general of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Switzerland, said Vietnamese were Vietnamese regardless places of residence. As Vietnamese, everyone should work together to win the fight against Covid-19.

Vietnamese communities in Germany and Switzerland support the Covid-19 vaccine fund
The overseas Vietnamese and Swiss communities joined the Covid-19 vaccine fund donation day in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo: To Uyen/Vietnam News Agency.

Urs Angst said that despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, businesses and businessmen in Switzerland were proactive in contributing to the fund.

"Although profits are important to a business, social responsibilities are equally important. This is a beautiful trait of the Vietnam and Switzerland businessman communities," he added

Swiss businessmen hope that the compulsory quarantine requirements upon arrival in Vietnam for fully vaccinated people will be loosened. Many countries across the globe have been preparing to apply the vaccination certificate and open their countries.

In addition to the contributions listed, other overseas Vietnamese associations in Switzerland have directly transferred donations to the Covid-19 vaccine fund via bank transfer or text message.

TO DONATE TO VIETNAM'S COVID-19 VACCINE FUND

For donations in Vietnam via bank account

a) State treasury

- Account name: Quy vaccine phong COVID-19

-Account number: 3761.0.9098866.91999 (VND); 3761.0.9098869.91999 (USD); 3761.0.9098786.91999 (EUR)

b) Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam JSC, Hanoi branch

- Account name: Quy vaccine phong COVID-19

- Account number: 21110009116868 (VND); 21110371116868 (USD); 21110142996868 (EUR)

c) JSC Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam - Operation center Branch

- Account name: Quy vaccine phong COVID-19

- Account number: 2019002019 (VND); 2019662019 (USD); 2019882019 (EUR).

For donations from overseas

a) Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam JSC

- Account name: Fund for Vaccination Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019

- Account number: 21110009116868 (VND), 21110371116868 (USD) and 21110142996868 (EUR)

- Bank: Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam JSC, Hanoi branch - 4B Le Thanh Tong Street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi City, Vietnam

- Swift code: BIDVVNVX

b) JSC Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam

- Account name: Fund for Vacination Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019

- Account number: 2019002019 (VND); 2019662019 (USD) và 2019882019 (EUR).

- Beneficiary Bank: JSC Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam - Operation center Branch.

- Swift code: BFTVVNVX001.

For donations via SMS message

Type “Covid NK” and send to 1408.

N is any number between 1 and 2000.

K represents the currency (Vietnamese Dong).

For each SMS message sending to 1408, the sender donates VND 1,000 x N times.

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Sophie Tran