The United States will continue assisting Vietnam in accessing COVID-19 vaccines to fight the ongoing pandemic, according to U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
The U.S. official had a phone talk with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed later the same day.
During the conversation, Minh praised the U.S. role in promoting vaccine supplies to countries worldwide via the COVAX Facility as well as bilateral cooperation.
He hoped that further support will be provided so Vietnam will soon access the vaccine doses committed by the U.S..
The deputy premier also suggested the two nations work closely to promote and ensure harmonious and sustainable cooperation in terms of business, trade, and investment.
Sullivan affirmed that the U.S. treasures its comprehensive partnership with Vietnam and spoke highly of the nation’s increasingly important role in the region and the world.
He said the U.S. will continue assisting Vietnam and other countries in accessing vaccines to push back the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. will also work closely with Vietnam to enhance economic, trade and investment ties to bring benefits to enterprises and people of both nations.
Deputy PM Minh and U.S. National Security Advisor Sullivan agreed that their two countries’ comprehensive partnership has been growing strongly in all fields, making active contributions to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
They consented on enhancing cooperation to further deepen bilateral ties via specific measures and stepping up collaboration in dealing with post-war consequences, science - technology, education - training, and climate change response.
The U.S. previously pledged to share at least 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world to help end the pandemic.
Around seven million of the doses would be donated to Asia, including Vietnam, through the COVAX scheme.