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Cuba sends medicine, health experts to Vietnam for COVID-19 fight

Thursday, August 06, 2020, 17:17 GMT+7
Cuba sends medicine, health experts to Vietnam for COVID-19 fight
Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera (L) and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh are pictured at an aid handover ceremony in Hanoi, August 5, 2020. Photo: Hong Quan / Tuoi Tre

Cuba has provided Vietnam with a batch of medicine and sent its experts to the Southeast Asian country to support the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera formally handed the support to Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense, during a ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday.

The medicine, Interferon Alfa 2B produced by Cuba, helps stimulate the body’s production of anti-virus antibodies, which plays a significant role in treating serious COVID-19 cases.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh speaks at an aid handover ceremony in Hanoi, August 5, 2020. Photo: Hong Quan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh speaks at an aid handover ceremony in Hanoi, August 5, 2020. Photo: Hong Quan / Tuoi Tre

The whole batch was immediately transferred to Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province in central Vietnam, the country’s current outbreak epicenters.

A group of Cuban health experts was also sent to the two Vietnamese localities to support the pandemic response efforts.

They are undergoing a quarantine period in accordance with regulations, but are still able to share their knowledge and experience via online meetings.

Speaking at the ceremony, Sen. Lt. Gen. Vinh expressed gratitude to the Cuban people for their special sentiment to Vietnam, especially in this difficult time, and affirmed that this is a fine tradition in their bilateral solidarity and friendship.

Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera speaks at an aid handover ceremony in Hanoi, August 5, 2020. Photo: Hong Quan / Tuoi Tre

Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Lianys Torres Rivera speaks at an aid handover ceremony in Hanoi, August 5, 2020. Photo: Hong Quan / Tuoi Tre

Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera said the handover of the medicine affirmed Cuba’s desire to boost cooperation with Vietnam in medical and pharmaceutical sectors, which will contribute to bilateral relations.

The two nations are poised to mark their 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties on December 2 this year, she added.

Vietnam previously provided Cuba with three metric tons of medical supplies including rapid-result test kits, medical masks, protective clothing, and several types of medicine.

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