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Vietnamese Buddhists in South Korea contributes to Covid-19 vaccine fund

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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June 19, 2021 | 23:36

Vietnamese Buddhists in South Korea, Phan family club in Hanoi and Tan Long group in East Africa have contributed to the country’s Covid-19 vaccine fund.

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Responding to the call of Prime Minister, representatives of Vietnamese Buddhist Association in South Korea and Phan family club in Hanoi on June 17 went to the headquarters of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee to hand over donations to support Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine fund.

Vietnamese Buddhists in South Korea contributes to Covid-19 vaccine fund
Representative of Vietnamese Buddhist Association in South Korea and the Phan family club in Hanoi presents the donations to Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee. Photo: Vietnamese Buddhist Association in South Korea

The donations comprised 1 ton of rice, 60 boxes of instant noodles, 150 packs of cakes, 10.000 face masks and cash with a total value of VND 203 million (US$ 8,789).

The aid was contributed by the Community Cultural Development Fund, members of Vietnamese Buddhist Cultural Center- Buddhist Association and Vietnamese in South Korea and at home and the Phan family club in Hanoi.

At the ceremony, Buddhist nun Thich Nu Gioi Tanh said that the gifts showed affection and sharing of people and association towards the country, aiming to join hands with the country in Covid-19 prevention and control.

Vietnamese Buddhists in South Korea contributes to Covid-19 vaccine fund
Delegates pose for a group photo. Photo: Vietnamese Buddhist Association in South Korea

Although overseas Vietnamese in South Korea has encountered many difficulties due to the pandemic, they have always turned their hearts to the home country, she said, adding that they would continue calling for contributions for the country’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Phung Khanh Tai highly appreciated the kindness and noble gesture of the Vietnamese Buddhist community in South Korea as well as the Phan family club in Hanoi for their valuable assistance.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania Nguyen Nam Tien on June 18 received a donation of US$ 5.000 from Nguyen Tien Long, the representative of Tan Long Group in East Africa.

At the meeting, Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien highly valued active attitude and sense of responsibility of the Tan Long group’s staff, adding that their aid demonstrated the tradition of solidarity and mutual affection of Vietnamese people, helping the country soon stamp out the pandemic, according to Baoquocte.

Vietnamese Buddhists in South Korea contributes to Covid-19 vaccine fund

Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania Nguyen Nam Tien receives aid from Nguyen Tien Long, the representative of Tan Long Group in East Africa. Photo: Baoquocte

Stressing that the Vietnamese Embassy in Tanzania is always a common home for the Vietnamese enterprises and expats in East Africa, Ambassador Tien expressed his hope that staff of Tan Long group would continue promoting unity, strictly adhere to the pandemic prevention measures and actively working to fulfill the target of expanding production in Africa.

As of 5 p.m. on June 18, Vietnam's Covid-19 vaccine fund has received more than VND 5.77 trillion (US$ 250.97 million) worth of donations from 321,783 organizations and individuals.

The fund’s official website, www.quyvacxincovid19.gov.vn, has also been launched, aiming to facilitate online donations.

The fund is set up to receive, manage, and use voluntary financial and vaccine donations and assistance from domestic and foreign organizations and individuals, along with other legal sources, for the Covid-19 vaccine procurement and import, research and production in the country, and the provision of vaccines for people.

Managed by the Ministry of Finance, the not-for-profit fund will use the mobilized capital resources for the right purposes and in line with legal regulations, ensuring publicity, transparency and efficiency. It is subject to the examination, inspection, and auditing by relevant State agencies and to the supervision by the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the community.

Vietnam needs 150 million doses of vaccines to administer about 75 percent of its population this year, with a total cost amounting to VND 25.2 trillion (US$ 1.09 billion).

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Malie Nguyen