Overseas Vietnamese support COVID-19 fight in homeland hinh anh 1At the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in many countries have donated money to help with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the homeland.

At a ceremony in Hanoi on May 19, Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) Dang Minh Khoi handed over 4.6 billion VND (nearly 197,000 USD) presented by individuals and organisations of OVs to the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee.

Also at the ceremony, the COVA received 50,000 face masks that the VFF Central Committee sent to OVs in the US who are facing difficulties due to the pandemic.

Deputy FM Khoi said OVs all over the world have warmly responded to the call of Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, the appeal of the Presidium of the VFF Central Committee and the directive of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and raised support for efforts to fight COVID-19 in Vietnam.

He stressed that the meaningful support reflects the tradition of solidarity, the patriotic spirit and the compassion of the OV community abroad.

President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man announced that the VFF has so far received over 2 trillion VND worth of support in both cash and kind donated by agencies, businesses, organisations and individuals both in and outside the country.

Initial statistics of the COVA showed OVs have donated more than 34 billion VND and large volume of medical supplies as of May 19./.