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Thank-you letter from US for Vietnam's face masks

March 30, 2021 | 08:08

One million masks presented by the Vietnam's budget carrier Vietjet Air to people in the US in early 2020 after COVID-19 first broke out.

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Thank you letter from US for Vietnam's face masks
Operation USA received and distributed one million masks donated by Vietjet. Photo: Operation USA

Richard Warden, President and CEO of Operation USA recently asked the US Embassy in Vietnam to deliver a thank-you letter to Vietjet Air for its humanitarian effort in the fight against COVID-19.

Founded in 1979, Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency, supports health and education programmes to help children and families at home and abroad recover from disasters.

In his letter, Warden spoke of the one million masks presented by the airline to people in the US in early 2020 after COVID-19 first broke out.

Thank you letter from US for Vietnam's face masks
A representative of Vietjet Air handed over the face masks to US Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink (centre) in Hanoi. Source: Vietjet

As US cities and Los Angeles in particular were striving to curb the spread of COVID-19 and minimise its adverse impact, the masks from Vietnam were a generous source of assistance that greatly contributed to the fight against the pandemic, he noted.

The masks were distributed to 36 communities in LA, New York, and many other places in the US in an effort to protect those at high risk of infection.

Operation USA took pride in joining the distribution of the shipment from Vietjet Air. The assistance marks the friendship between the US and Vietnam as well as the carrier and US friends.

Thank you letter from US for Vietnam's face masks
Operation USA, in partnership with Mark Ridley-Thomas and Servicon Systems, distributed 20,000 protective masks, generously donated by Vietnam's partners, to residents of the Leimert Park neighborhood in LA in October 2020. Photo: Operation USA
Thank you letter from US for Vietnam's face masks
Operation USA, in partnership with Mark Ridley-Thomas and Servicon Systems, distributed masks to residents of the Leimert Park neighborhood in LA in October 2020. Photo: Operation USA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved the shipment of face masks to help other countries tackle the pandemic at a time when many, including Vietnam, faced a shortage.

In a letter to Vietjet Air, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said that the aid helped local people overcome the pandemic and was a symbol of friendship and connection, voicing his gratitude to the airline for helping the city in its time of need.

In addition to the US, the carrier also sent millions of face masks to the UK, France, and Germany, to join hands with local people in battling COVID-19./.

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