The freezers were handed over to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health by U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper in Ho Chi Minh City on March 4.

They are among 111 ultra-low temperature freezers the U.S. Department of Defense is providing to Vietnam with a total value of approximately 1 million USD. They will be sent to HCM City and several southern provinces.

At the event

In his remarks at the handover ceremony, Knapper said together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense has stood alongside Vietnamese partners in the battle against COVID-19.

The U.S. donation of the ultra-low temperature freezers today and the previous deliveries of more than 26 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, 100 ventilators and other medical supplies to Vietnam mark an important step forward in the bilateral partnership in healthcare, he said.

With these ultra-low freezers, Vietnam can safely store and distribute mRNA vaccines, he said.

The diplomat stressed that the U.S. is committed to assisting Vietnamese people in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. Mission will continue lobbying for the delivery of more COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam until there are enough vaccines for anyone who wants to be vaccinated.

He expressed his confidence that together both countries will be able to weather the COVID-19 crisis.

Assoc. Prof., Dr. Nguyen Vu Trung, Director of the Pasteur Institute in HCM City, one of the recipients, thanked the U.S. for its timely support, highlighting the importance of the ultra-low temperature freezers in storing and distributing the vaccines.

The freezers will be used by the Pasteur Institute HCM City, Cho Ray Hospital, 176 Military Hospital and CDCs of 20 southern provinces to back the country’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Source: VNA