US grants Vietnam 9.5 million USD to combat COVID-19

(VOVWORLD) - Vietnam will receive an aid package worth 9.5 million USD to cope with COVID-19, including 5 million USD for economic assistance funds, according to US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink. 

The funds will be utilized to bring much needed resources to bear immediately, including supporting private sector recovery by mitigating the financial impacts of the pandemic on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), addressing the non-financial impacts facing SMEs, and partnering with Government of Vietnam stakeholders to bolster the government’s relief interventions.

The US aid package also includes a previously announced 4.5-million-USD medical assistance for the Vietnamese Government to prepare laboratory systems and activate case-finding and event-based surveillance. It also covers the support for experts in response to COVID-19, community education and engagement, infection prevention for healthcare settings, public health screening at points of entry, and more.