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Vietnamese expat, colleagues in US offer donation of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine vials to Saigon

Vietnamese expat, colleagues in US offer donation of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine vials to Saigon

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 13:39 GMT+7
Vietnamese expat, colleagues in US offer donation of 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine vials to Saigon
A medical worker holds a vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Vietnam. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Lawyer Vo Duc Duy, a Vietnamese national in the U.S., and his colleagues have expressed their wish to present 50,000 vials of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Ho Chi Minh City.

The Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City has sent an official document to the municipal People’s Committee, asking for its instructions regarding the offer.

Chairman of the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Phung Cong Dung said on Monday that his committee will coordinate with the city’s Department of External Relations, Department of Health, and Department of Customs to receive the batch of vaccines following the instructions of the municipal People’s Committee.

Duy, chief of Sata Lawyers’ branch in Vietnam, and his colleagues on August 3 sent a letter to Ho Chi Minh City’s leaders, expressing their wish to donate the vaccines to the city.

“After many discussions with U.S. pharmaceutical companies, our lawyer team has secured a batch of 50,000 vials of Moderna vaccine for donation to the people [in Ho Chi Minh City] as a small contribution to the fight against the pandemic,” Duy wrote in the letter.

Also on Monday, the Vietnamese association in Russia’s Voronezh City presented VND50 million (US$2,100) to the Vietnam Fatherland Front of Ho Chi Minh City to support the city’s COVID-19 prevention and control fund and more than VND27 million ($1,180) to a charity kitchen launched by the women’s association in Binh Tan District, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The donations were channeled through the city’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs.

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