ADB provides 600,000 grant to support Vietnam’s COVID-19 response hinh anh 1Volunteers receive advice on December 10 before registering participation in the human trial of Nanocovax, a made-in-Vietnam vaccine against COVID-19 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a 600,000 USD grant in-kind to assist the Vietnamese government in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The ADB commends the Vietnamese government for their quick and effective emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said ADB Country Director for Vietnam Andrew Jeffries.

“Under strong leadership of the Government and with public self-consciousness, Vietnam is among few countries that have successfully contained the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said in the bank’s news release on December 11.

The grant is funded by two ADB Technical Assistance Special Funds. The first provided personal protective equipment valued at 500,000 USD to the National Lung Hospital under the Ministry of Health. The second helped upgrade equipment valued at 100,000 USD for the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC) under the Ministry of Health’s General Department of Preventive Medicine.

The personal protective equipment will help protect health workers from coronavirus transmission, which is essential in the prolonged fight against COVID-19. The upgraded equipment in the PHEOC will significantly improve the efficiency of the Ministry of Health’s coordinated activities in the public health emergency outbreaks.

In April this year, the ADB approved a 20 billion USD expanded assistance package to support its developing members’ COVID-19 response.

In Vietnam, the ADB has been working with other development partners to support the government’s ongoing efforts in fighting the COVID-19. Its assistance aims to provide additional resources to strengthen Vietnam’s capacity for outbreak response./.