Vietnam presents antibacterial face masks to US hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (centre) and US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink (L) at the handover ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Vietnamese Government on April 16 presented 200,000 antibacterial cloth face masks to the US government and people to support them in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also presented 50,000 medical face masks to the White House.

Speaking at the ceremony to hand over the medical supplies to the US, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said Vietnam and the US have taken effective cooperation steps in preventing and combating COVID-19 both bilaterally and multilaterally, adding that the two countries have provided mutual support in terms of medical equipment and experience as well as citizen protection.

Vietnam will continue working closely with the US to push back the pandemic soon and mitigate negative impacts caused by COVID-19, he said.

On behalf of US President Donald Trump and the US people, US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink said in the spirit of the bilateral comprehensive partnership, the US will continue to coordinate closely, maintain the sharing of information and strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in protecting health and safety of people and in joint efforts to cope with the pandemic./.