An aid package of 13 metric tons of medical supplies worth over US$5.3 million from the Swiss government arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.
The relief shipment, sent by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid which is part of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, included 30 ventilators, 500,000 antigen test kits, and 300,000 antibacterial masks.
A cargo plane transporting the supplies departed from Zurich for Ho Chi Minh City, which is currently Vietnam’s biggest coronavirus hotspot with 140,539 infections recorded in the on-going fourth wave.
The donation was earlier announced during the visit to Vietnam by Swiss Vice President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis from August 4 to 6.
During the visit, the Swiss Vice President shared the difficulties that Vietnam is facing.
He agreed that the two countries should continue to share experience in COVID-19 prevention and control while pursuing economic recovery and strengthening bilateral health cooperation, particularly the transfer of production technology for COVID-19 vaccines and drugs.
The medical supplies were transported to Cho Ray Hospital for storage after arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
They are expected to be distributed to pandemic prevention units later.