US Ambassador to Việt Nam Daniel Kritenbrink. — Photo courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Việt Nam
HÀ NỘI — The US will stand together with Việt Nam in the fight against COVID-19, said US Ambassador to Việt Nam Daniel Kritenbrink in a video clip posted on the embassy’s Facebook page on March 31.
He sent his thanks to the Vietnamese people working on the front line of the battle, stressing that their work is saving lives.
The Ambassador also hailed the Vietnamese Government for doing an outstanding job in its response to COVID-19 as well as continuously being proactive, cooperative, and transparent.
“The United States is here to support Việt Nam in this fight,” he affirmed
According to the diplomat, since the very beginning of this crisis, medical staff at the embassy in Hà Nội and the US Consulate General in HCM City have been collaborating with the Vietnamese Government to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The US has invested more than US$706 million over the past 20 years in health assistance in Việt Nam as well as provided substantial technical and financial support over the past decade to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging and serious infectious diseases, he said.
That work continues and has helped establish connections between Vietnamese and US health professionals that are instrumental as the two countries fight this pandemic together, he added.
“We will continue with this important work as the COVID-19 crisis continues and even after it is resolved.”
He said another way that the US side is trying to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Việt Nam is by instructing all staff to work from home as much as possible in accordance with guidance from both the Vietnamese Government and the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
“It is just one way that we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 here.”
He expressed his belief that as strong partners, Việt Nam and the US will get through this challenging time together.
He asked Vietnamese people to stay safe and healthy.
“Partners stand together, and we stand together with Việt Nam in this fight”, he said. — VNS