Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien checks the batch of vaccine.

The handover ceremony was solemnly held at Noi Bai International Airport with the attendance of Vietnam’s Deputy Defense Minister Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien and Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Xiong Bo said that the gift is to share difficulties and support the Vietnamese military and people to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasized that COVID-19 prevention and control is one of the important cooperative areas between Vietnam and China in general and between the two militaries in particular.

Sr. Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Chien, Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo and other delegates in a joint photo

In the near future, the Chinese Government will provide another batch of COVID-19 vaccine  to the Vietnamese side, and at the same time support businesses of the two countries to cooperate in technology transfer and production of COVID-19 vaccines.

Previously, the Chinese government presented 500,000 vaccines doses to the Vietnamese side, he added.

For his part, Deputy Defense Minister Hoang Xuan Chien thanked the Chinese Defense Ministry for the timely assistance, stressing the practical meaning of the gift amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam.

General Chien held that the batch of COVID-19 vaccines will be transported and preserved in accordance with the manufacturer's instruction and regulations of the Ministry of Health before being injected to the front-line forces.

According to Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defense, particularly Minister of National Defense General Phan Van Giang, always pay much attention to enhancing defense relations to get vaccine support from countries and international organizations to the Vietnam People's Army. In the coming time, the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense will continue to promote exchanges, especially high-level contacts with potential partners, in order to gather support from the militaries of other countries in such areas as medicine, medical supply, and technology transfer in the production of COVID-19 vaccine and drugs.

Translated by Trung Thanh