Vietnam proposes to cooperate with US in producing COVID-19 vaccine

Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc held phone talks with Ami Bera, a Democratic congressman representing California and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on April 5.
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Ngoc congratulated Bera on his re-election as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, highly valuing the latter’s contributions to the development of the US’ ties with Vietnam and other ASEAN countries.

Both sides noted with satisfaction the great strides in the Vietnam-US Comprehensive Partnership and expressed optimism about the outlook for bilateral relations in the time ahead.

Ambassador Ngoc proposed the US increase support for Southeast Asian countries to access COVID-19 vaccines, cooperate with Vietnam in transferring vaccine production technology and licensing and manufacturing vaccines, and promote cooperation to ensure effective and sustainable supply chains.

For his part, Bera applauded the Vietnamese Government and people’s success in the COVID-19 combat and agreed to foster ties to keep supply chains stable, Vietnamplus reported.

The congressman said as a doctor, he understands the need for vaccine access for all people, adding that he will discuss with the US administration the possibility of cooperation in vaccine production as suggested by Vietnam.

He agreed with Ngoc that the two countries should maintain constructive dialogue to resolve outstanding problems, including the US Trade Representative Office early wrapping up the “Section 301” investigation and not taking any action unfavorable for bilateral trade and investment.

Voicing his concern about the escalation of violence and discrimination against people of Asian descent, including Vietnamese, Ngoc asked Bera and all-level administrations and parliaments, especially those in California, to carry out effective measures to ensure security, safety, and access to healthcare, education, employment, and other social welfare services for the Vietnamese community.

Bera noted that he opposes racial discrimination and pledged to keep working with Vietnam and other countries to deal with this issue.

During the talks, the two sides also discussed the enhancement of the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership in some regionally important issues.

The Vietnamese diplomat applauded the US’ commitment to maintaining the fundamental principles to secure rules-based maritime order, including the adherence to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Vietnam proposes to cooperate with US in producing COVID-19 vaccine
Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc. Photo: VNA

He called on the US administration and Congress to pay more attention to and reserve more resources for effectively implementing the Mekong-US Partnership.

Affirming the importance of the Bien Dong Sea (internationally known as South China Sea), Bera expressed his concern over the recent developments in the East Sea, showing support for ensuring navigation freedom, maritime security and safety, the rule of law, as well as regional peace and stability.

The congressman also affirmed that his country advocates efforts by ASEAN, including Vietnam, to seek peaceful solutions to the Myanmar issue.

In response to Ambassador Ngoc’s invitation, he noted the wish to visit Vietnam and the region once the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control.

The phone talks followed an array of recent discussions between the Vietnamese Embassy and the President Joe Biden administration and the 117th Congress of the US.

Previously, Deputy PM, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a virtual meeting with US President's Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry at the Government's headquarter on March 30.

At the meeting, both sides agreed that Vietnam - US' Comprehensive Partnership continued to flourish in all fields, bringing practical benefits to the countries' people and positively contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

The two sides also consented to promote cooperation in order to further deepen the bilateral relations on the basis of respecting each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, political institutions, and mutual interests.

Vietnam proposes to cooperate with US in producing COVID-19 vaccine

Deputy PM, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a virtual meeting with US President's Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry at the Government's headquarter on March 30. Photo: Phap Luat TV

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh welcomed the Biden administration's increased commitment and promotion of global efforts to respond to climate change, including the re-joining of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Deputy Prime Minister affirmed that as one of the countries most seriously affected by climate change, with a strong policy and high political determination, Vietnam had been and would support international commitments and working closely with other countries to address climate change challenges, including strengthening cooperation with the US.

US President's Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry affirmed that the US continued to attach importance to the Comprehensive Partnership with Vietnam. He said the US would continue to strengthen cooperation and support developing countries, including Vietnam in responding to climate change.

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