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Việt Nam, UK boost health cooperation

Update: July, 17/2020 - 10:23


British Ambassador Gareth Ward and Acting Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long at the MOU signing event. — Photo courtesy of British Embassy in Việt Nam 

HÀ NỘI — Acting Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long and British Ambassador Gareth Ward signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday on cooperation to implement the UK Prosperity Fund’s Better Health Programme in Việt Nam.

The programme covers a range of matters, such as health education, digital healthcare, infectious diseases, scholarships for Vietnamese medical personnel, and collaboration in fighting antibiotic resistance.

The ambassador said Việt Nam's COVID-19 treatment for Patient 91, a British citizen, was a miracle.

He noted that this year marks a decade of the Việt Nam-UK strategic partnership, saying the two foreign ministries have discussed the importance of ties in the future.

Lauding the UK’s support for Việt Nam’s health sector, Long said Việt Nam hopes to continue disease prevention engagement with the UK Government, especially in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Việt Nam's COVID-19 Patient No 91, also the country's most severe case to date, the 43-year-old pilot Stephen Cameron from Scotland, was discharged from hospital on July 11 after 115 days undergoing treatment. He safely returned to the UK on July 12 (UK time). — VNS

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