Vietnam’s National Assembly has handed over 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Belgium and Slovakia to the Ministry of Health, following Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s trip to Europe.
The top legislator's flight landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Sunday, concluding his trip to Europe to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5) in Austria and pay a visit to the European Parliament, Belgium, and Finland from September 5 to 11.
During a ceremony at the airport, the National Assembly handed over 200,000 vaccine doses, medical supplies, and financial aid provided by countries and organizations during his business trip to the Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Fatherland Front.
These donations are considered one of the highlights during Chaiman Hue’s working trip, reflecting the results of 'vaccine diplomacy' and cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrives at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, September 12, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
Accordingly, Belgium and Slovakia gifted the 200,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine jabs and pledged to transfer more shots to Vietnam.
Many organizations, businesses, and individuals also provided medical equipment and supplies, as well as COVID-19 test kits, which are worth more than VND1 trillion (US$43.8 million).
The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic and Austria contributed VND365 million ($16,000) to Vietnam’s COVID-19 prevention fund.
|The National Assembly hands over donated financial assistance to the Vietnam Fatherland Front during a ceremony at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, September 12, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
During the trip, a number of contracts related to test kit production and COVID-19 vaccine research and production were signed by Vietnamese enterprises and foreign partners.
T&T Group signed a contract with a German partner on the transfer of real-time RT-PCR test kit production technology worth EUR80 million ($94.4 million).
The enterprise also inked a EUR375 million ($442.7 million) cooperation deal on clinical trials, production, and purchase of 50 million vaccine shots with a Spanish partner.
|Containers of vaccines donated by Belgium and Slovakia are pictured at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, September 12, 2021. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre