A Vietjet Air flight carrying 10 tonnes of relief goods worth EUR616,100 (US$720,000), donated by German friends and Vietnamese people living in the country, is scheduled to depart from Hamburg for Ho Chi Minh City on August 19.
The relief goods, mainly medical face masks and COVID-19 quick test kits, are expected to arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport of HCM City – Vietnam’s current largest pandemic hotspot – on August 20.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu appreciated the valuable assistance from Germany’s local authorities, organisations and businesses as well as the Vietnamese community there, which demonstrates the solidarity and friendship between the two countries, especially during the current difficult times.
The diplomat also thanked the support of Airbus Group and Vietjet Air for promptly transporting the relief to Vietnam.
Vu Thuy Linh, a representative of Leipzig city, said when the pandemic worsened in Vietnam, the municipal authorities and hospitals quickly raised funds to support Vietnam’s fight against the pandemic, and to respond to Vietnam's valuable support for Leipzig in particular and Germany in general in this fight last year.
Doctors as well as the city's authorities are discussing the next support measures for Vietnam, she added.