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Ambassador's Interview with VN Express on India's COVID-19 Assistance to Vietnam - 31 August 2021

Posted on: August 31, 2021 | Back | Print

Read in Vietnamese : Cử tàu chiến chở oxy, Ấn Độ 'hết mình hỗ trợ' Việt Nam chống dịch - VnExpress

Read the translation:

With its naval ship carrying oxygen, India is making "best efforts" to support Vietnam against the pandemic

The liquid oxygen delivered by the INS Airavat at Ho Chi Minh City is part of India's efforts to help Vietnam cope with Covid-19, according to Ambassador Pranay Verma.

The Indian navy ship INS Airavat  docked at Ho Chi Minh City on August 30, carrying 100 tons of liquefied medical oxygen and 300 oxygen concentrators. The Press Information Bureau of Government of India said that these material are based on the requirement projected by the Government of Vietnam in its fight against the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Indian Ambassador to Hanoi Pranay Verma today told VnExpress that through the above medical supplies, the people and Government of India are "trying their best to extend support" to the people and Government of Vietnam in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

"Vietnam is one of India's closest friends and partners," said Ambassador Verma. "India greatly appreciated Vietnam's medical assistance in June, when we faced a severe wave of the pandemic."

Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma during a webinar on August 12.  Photo: Indian Embassy in Vietnam.


Ambassador Verma said that in addition to the goods delivered by the Indian Navy ship INS Airavat to Ho Chi Minh City, Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying to Vietnam some important medicines for treatment of Covid-19.

Indian biotechnology and pharmaceutical organisations are also engaged with Vietnam’s vaccine manufacturer to help Vietnam’s domestic COVID-19 vaccine development programme.

Recently, the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM) has come forward to gift one ECMO machine to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases of Ho Chi Minh City to support to the people of Vietnam in this hour of need. The Ministries of Health of the two countries also held an online conference last week to discuss pandemic management.

He affirmed that the above actions "showcase the long tradition held by our two countries and our two peoples of showing support and empathy to each other during difficult times". "Crisis like this unprecedented pandemic also brings out the best of our humane connections that rest at the heart of the time-tested friendship and strategic ties between India and Vietnam."

"We are confident that with the ongoing concerted efforts of the Government and people of Vietnam, the pandemic will be brought under control expeditiously", said Ambassador Verma.

Vietnam on August 30 recorded more than 14,000 new nCoV infections, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to more than 445,000, of which nearly 229,000 people have been declared cured and more than 11,000 deaths.