Vietnam's Covid Vaccine Fund: Proof of Solidarity

Vietnamese expats have supported the Covid pandemic fight at home in a variety of ways
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Vietnam's Covid Vaccine Fund: A Vivid Proof of Solidarity
The Vietnamese Embassy in France received money to support the national Covid-19 vaccine fund from the Vietnamese community and the Vietnam-France Friendship Association.

With the goal of spreading goodwill and working together to repel the pandemic, the national Covid-19 vaccine fund established by the Government of Vietnam has received the enthusiastic response of people nationwide and abroad. The media and representatives of international organizations said that the initiative was a demonstration of Vietnam's spirit of solidarity, creativity, initiative and determination to secure resources for the fight against coronavirus, read Hanoimoi.

"The mobilization by the Vietnamese Governmen to improve access to Covid-19 vaccine is being carried out in a timely manner and in line with the global vaccine initiative," said Dr Kidong Park, representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Vietnam.

"That the Government manages and equitably uses donations from individuals and private firms is hoped to result in new values for the strategy to fight the ravaging pandemic."

Sharing his thoughts on Vietnam's decision to establish a vaccine fund, the UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra stressed that was a good initiative, which had received support from the UN over the months.

According to Carolyn Turk, World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, rapid and effective vaccination against Covid-19 is a necessary and important measure to ensure people's safety, as well as promote economic recovery and growth. The Vietnamese government is taking the right step in speeding up access to vaccines for the people.

Vietnam's Covid Vaccine Fund: A Vivid Proof of Solidarity
The Embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia on July 27 received a cash donation worth MYR 13,130 (about USD 3,100), from the local Vietnamese women’s union to the national Covid-19 vaccine fund.

An article published recently in Nikkei Asia said that the establishment of Vietnam's Covid-19 Vaccine Fund was an important weapon in the fight against the pandemic and protection of the manufacturing supply chain. Accordingly, European businesses have expressed their desire to join the fund.

Alain Cany, chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, said that it was a very positive move by Vietnam. Meanwhile, American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam Executive Director Mary Tarnowka affirmed that many members of the American Chamber of Commerce expressed their willingness to support vaccination costs for employees.

The national Covid-19 vaccine fund has not only attracted the attention and contributions of domestic organizations, businesses and individuals but also overseas Vietnamese around the world. Through supporting and donating to the fund, Vietnamese communities around the world express their affection towards their homeland, given that many of them are also facing difficulties during the pandemic.

At the first-time calling, all officers and employees of the embassy and representative agencies of Vietnam in Japan raised nearly VND 105 million (US$ 4,570), Vietnamese businessmen and expatriates in Japan also donated more than 2 million yen (more than VND 400 million) to the fund. Similarly, the Vietnamese community in Australia also held many activities to aid anti-pandemic efforts.

In France, representatives of the Vietnamese association, the Vietnam-France Friendship Association and many Vietnamese organizations and individuals donated 20,000 euros to the vaccine fund through the embassy. Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang affirmed that Vietnam was proud of that solidarity.

With affection towards the Fatherland, overseas Vietnamese have supported the pandemic fight through various forms such as providing medical equipment, food and financial support for pandemic-stricken localities, and sharing experience in Covid-19 prevention and control. Their sincere feelings, sharing and responsibility for the fatherland, have created a source of encouragement and great strength to help the Government and people step by step repel and gain victory over the pandemic.

Since June 5, they have sent home more than VND 10.5 billion (US$ 457,200), nearly 30 Vietnamese organizations and associations in France, the US and Canada, among others, have launched fund-raising campaigns to call for more assistance from the community.

Vietnam is projected to need 150 million doses of vaccine to inoculate about 75 million people at an estimated cost of VND 25.2 trillion (US$ 1.09 billion).

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