In a Twitter post on April 9, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his great thanks to Vietnam for sending 450,000 protective suits to help the country fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This morning, 450,000 protective suits landed in Dallas, Texas. This was made possible because of the partnership of two great American companies—DuPont and FedEx—and our friends in Vietnam. Thank you!", U.S. President Donald Trump twitted.
The shipment of 450,000 protective suits is the first of the two initial shipments of DuPont protective suits made in Vietnam. The first shipment was sent from Hanoi on April 7.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracted with FedEx Express to expedite delivery of the suits to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile in order to address the urgent need for protective equipment for frontline providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Since the beginning of this crisis, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have been collaborating with Vietnamese officials to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.
U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink stated: "Over the past 20 years, the U.S. has invested more than $706 million in health assistance for Vietnam, and over the past decade has provided substantial technical and financial support to prevent, detect, and respond to emerging and serious infectious diseases."
"These investments by our two countries are paying off at this critical time. The connections established between American and Vietnamese health professionals have been instrumental as we fight this epidemic together", he affirmed.
Speaking about the collaborative effort, Ambassador Kritenbrink said: "This shipment will help protect healthcare professionals working on the front lines against COVID-19 in the United States and demonstrates the strength of the U.S.-Vietnam partnership."By A.N