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ADB provides $600,000 grant to support Vietnam’s Covid-19 response
Ngoc Mai 11:51, 2020/12/11
Vietnam is among few countries that have successfully contained the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic, stated a ADB senior executive.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a $600,000 grant in-kind to assist the Government of Vietnam in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

 A Covid-19 checkpoint in Danang. Photo: Quang Hai. 

“We commend the government of Vietnam 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.”

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

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 2020, ADB approved a $20 billion expanded assistance package to support its developing members’ Covid-19 response. In Vietnam, ADB has been working with other development partners to support the government’s ongoing efforts in fighting the Covid-19. ADB’s assistance aims to provide additional resources to strengthen Vietnam’s capacity for outbreak response.

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