The ventilator handover ceremony was held on Wednesday with the participation of US Ambassador to Việt Nam Daniel J Kritenbrink, USAID/Viet Nam Mission director Michael Greene, acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long and National Lung Hospital director Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhung.

US Ambassador to Viet Nam Daniel J Kritenbrink (sixth from right) hands over the ventilators to Viet Nam on Wednesday. — Photo courtersy of the US Embassy in Ha Noi

“The world is impressed by Viet Nam's strategy and proactive measures in tackling COVID-19,” said Ambassador Kritenbrink, “but this serious disease remains a threat in Viet Nam and the world. Building on the strong relationship between our countries over the last 25 years, the US government is pleased to support our friends in Viet Nam with this donation of ventilators to fight the coronavirus.”

In addition to the ventilators, the US government, through USAID, has committed US$9.5 million to Viet Nam in response to the pandemic to strengthen clinical care, disseminate health messages, build laboratory capacity, improve disease surveillance, as well as support private sector recovery by mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the Vietnamese economy.

For decades, the US has been the world's largest provider of bilateral assistance in health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance worldwide.

In Viet Nam, over the past 20 years, the US has invested more than $706 million in health assistance and more than $1.8 billion in total assistance.