US provides nearly US$3 million in health assistance for Vietnam

VOV.VN - The US is providing both technical assistance and financial support, initially US$18.3 million to ASEAN member states, including nearly US$3 million to Vietnam, according to information released on March 31 by the US Department of State.

The US$3 million in health assistance will help the Vietnamese government prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and more.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided training to 15 Vietnamese hospitals in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO). It has helped train for 63 provinces on COVID-19 surveillance, reporting, and sample collection, and is supporting Vietnam in developing its National Infection Prevention and Control guidelines for COVID-19.

The Vietnamese government has requested support for COVID-19 testing reagents, which is currently being coordinated with the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for local sourcing.

Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than US$706 million in health assistance and more than US$1.8 billion in total assistance for Vietnam.

As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the US has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus. Since the outbreak began, the US government has provided approximately US$18.3 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to ASEAN member states Globally, as of March 26, 2020, the US is providing an initial investment of nearly US$274 million in emergency health and humanitarian assistance to help countries in need.