Vietnam gifts Russia 8.5 tons of medical equipment for pandemic response

By Ngoc Anh   October 23, 2020 | 10:30 pm PT
Vietnam gifts Russia 8.5 tons of medical equipment for pandemic response
Part of the 8.5-ton package of masks and other medical equipment that Vietnam gifts Russia, October 23, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Russian Embassy in Vietnam.
Vietnam has donated to Russia 8.5 tons of medical equipment to help deal with its rising incidence of Covid-19.

A consignment of cloth and other masks and equipment for treatment and disinfection left Hai Phong Port on Friday for Vladivostok, the Russian embassy in Vietnam said.

It will reach Russia in two weeks’ time and the Institution for Civil Defense and Emergencies of Primorsky Krai will receive it on the government’s behalf.

Vietnam had sent a consignment of personal protective equipment to Russia in August and over 150,000 cloth masks in April.

Speaking at the event to mark the donation, the Russian ambassador to Vietnam, Konstantin Vnukov, thanked the Vietnamese government and its people for their help, saying it signified the traditional friendly relationship between the two countries.

Hailing Vietnam's efficient response to the epidemic, he hoped countries would fight the disease together and succeed.

Russia is now the fourth most infected country in the world after the U.S., India and Brazil.

As of Saturday it had had more than 1.48 million cases of Covid-19 and over 25,500 deaths.

Vietnam with 1,148 cases and 35 deaths has gone 51 days without local transmission.

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