The support includes a Xenios extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system, dialysis machines, and oxygen generators.

Major General Nguyen Hung Thang addresses the event.

Addressing the event, Major General Nguyen Hung Thang, Deputy Chairman and Chief of Staff of the General Department of Logistics, appreciated the Australia’s assistance for Vietnam since the beginning of the pandemic via providing vaccines, guidance materials, and experience sharing, among others. He said it demonstrates the effective cooperation between the two countries in general and the two militaries in particular.

This time, the donation is important for the pandemic prevention work, helps treat severe patients more effectively, and strengthens the capacity of the Vietnamese military in response to COVID-19.

Mark Tattersall, Chargé d'Affaires at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam handing over medical supplies to the Vietnamese Defense Ministry

On behalf of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry, General Thang thanked the Australian side for their support, hoping that the two countries will promote cooperation in military medicine in general and in COVID-19 prevention and control in particular.

For his part, Mark Tattersall, Chargé d'Affaires at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, affirmed that the Vietnamese ministry is an important partner of Australia and plays a key role in Vietnam’s response to COVID-19 over the past three years.

Especially, Australia is proud to cooperate with and support the Vietnamese Government in fighting the pandemic, he affirmed, adding that his country has so far transferred more than 22.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 14.4 million doses for Vietnam’s vaccination campaign for children.

Delegates in a joint photo

The diplomat stressed Australia will stand side by side with Vietnam in its efforts in pandemic prevention and control.

Considering defense-security cooperation a pillar in the nation’s strategic partnership, Mr. Tattersall said it is expanding across fields including peacekeeping, English language training, delegation exchange, military medical exchange, and COVID-19 response, expressing his hope such ties will thrive in the coming time.

Translated by Chung Anh