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American business association presents medical equipment to Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 17:04 GMT+7
American business association presents medical equipment to Ho Chi Minh City
Mary Tarnowka (second right), executive director of AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, shakes hands with a Vietnamese official at a ceremony to present an automated protein and acid nucleic extraction system to the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control, May 22, 2020. Photo: L.N. / Tuoi Tre

The American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City (AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City) gifted the municipal Center for Disease Control (HCDC) an automated protein and nucleic acid extraction system on Friday.

The medical equipment was presented with view to helping HCDC respond effectively to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as improving the city’s capacity to handle other contagious outbreaks.

This is a King Fisher system manufactured by the Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific company.

The KingFisher Flex is a bench-top automated extraction instrument in the lab for 24 or 96 samples per run.

It has high-throughput extraction and purification of DNA, RNA, Protein, and Cells.

The world has now recognized Vietnam’s successful containment campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic, said Mary Tarnowka, executive director of AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

The success has opened the path for Vietnam’s reopening, becoming one of the first economies in the world to have started recovery, Tarnowka remarked.

Because of this, the community of American entrepreneurs in Vietnam feel grateful and want to contribute a minor part to the rebuilding in the wake of the epidemic, she added.

The automated extraction instrument is not merely useful for Vietnam’s ongoing drive to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, but it enhances the Southeast Asian country's and Ho Chi Minh City’s capability to observe, detect, and contain communicable diseases.

AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City would like to show its commitment to not only supporting the pandemic containment strategy but also developing a world-level health system in the city, said Tanowka.

“We would like to have an opportunity to form strategic partnerships via specific activities in the near future, both in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam," she added.

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