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Vietnam Buddhist Sangha presents medical supplies to support India in Covid-19 battle

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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May 14, 2021 | 08:28

Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, in coordination with the Vietnamese Embassy in India and the Indian Embassy in Vietnam, presented 100 ventilators and 50 oxygen concentrators worth 14 billion VND (606,012 U.S dollars) to India to support it in Covid-19 fight.

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Vietnam Buddhist Sangha presents medical supplies to support India in Covid-19 battle
Vietnam Buddhist Sangha presented 100 ventilators and 50 oxygen concentrators worth 14 billion VND (606,012 U.S dollars) to India. Photo: VOV

The handover ceremony was held on the morning of May 12, at the headquarters of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

Venerable Thich Thanh Nhieu, Standing Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha expressed his grief for the Covid-19 situation in India. He hoped that the gift would soon be distributed to Indian people, helping them to surmount the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

“India has reported a spike in new infections and casualties over the past few days. Understanding that the country has suffered a shortage of medical equipment and supplies, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has called for monks, nuns and Buddhists to donate to assist it,” said Venerable.

Vietnam Buddhist Sangha presents medical supplies to support India in Covid-19 battle
Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma extended his thanks to Vietnam Buddhist Sangha for their valuable assistance. Photo: VOV

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma extended his thanks to Vietnam Buddhist Sangha for their valuable assistance.

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau, who attended the event online, expressed his delight to witness the handover ceremony of medical supplies to India.

“India has provided a lot of support to Vietnam, while, Vietnam is India’s comprehensive strategic partner. The aid is a vivid manifestation of the great friendship and special solidarity between the two countries. In India, we have made efforts to help the Indian people in the Covid-19 battle. We do hope that the country will soon overcome this hard time,” said Ambassador Chau.

The gift is expected to arrive in New Delhi on May 19.

The Vietnam - India Friendship Association under the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) is also sending ventilators to ease India's Covid-19 crisis.

On the morning of May 11, in Hanoi, the Vietnam - India Friendship Association held a virtual ceremony to hand over 100 ventilators to India.

In the current serious outbreak of Covid-19 in India, the Association has mobilized Vingroup to donate 100 ventilators worth more than 10 billion VND (432.500 U.S dollars) to Indian people.

Previously, in April 2020, the Vietnam - India Friendship Association called on businesses in the information and communications sector to donate 100,000 antibacterial cloth masks to the Indian people.

India on Thursday, May 13, reported 3,62,727 new coronavirus cases and 4,120 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry.

This has taken the total case tally to 2,37,03,665, whereas the overall death toll stands at 2,58,317. A total of 3,52,181 discharges were recorded in the last 24 hours.

With this, the daily infection count has surpassed daily recoveries in the country.

There are currently a total of 37,10,525 active cases in the country comprising 15.65% of the total infections. As many as 17,72,14,256 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered across the country so far.

A total of 1,97,34,823 people have recovered so far, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.09%, the data stated. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 83.26%, as proven in recent data.

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