U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude to Vietnam Thursday for sending 450,000 protective suits to help frontline healthcare professionals fight 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," Trump tweeted on Thursday morning (GMT+7).
Dan Kritenbrink, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam said that, "This shipment will help protect healthcare professionals working on the frontlines against Covid-19 in the United States and demonstrates the strength of the U.S. and Vietnam partnership."
The U.S. is expected to receive a total of 4.5 million such suits, made by DuPont in the northern city of Hai Phong, in 4 ~ 6 weeks, and the shipment of 450,000 protective suits was a first batch, with a second shipment of 450,000 suits sent on Friday.
Since the onset of the national epidemic, Vietnam has been working closely with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to monitor and respond to the escalating disease.
Although a small country, Vietnam has been active in helping other countries. This includes:
• In February, Vietnam donated $500,000 worth of goods and medical supplies to help China deal with the fast-spreading novel coronavirus outbreak
• Vietnam has provided medical equipment, including specialized protective clothing, medical masks and Covid-19 test kits to Cambodia and Laos
• Vietnam has sent Germany 6,000 test tubes that the country needed in order to find a cure for the Covid-19 disease
• Vietnam has also sent more than 550,000 antibacterial cloth masks to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. to support their Covid-19 fight
The Covid-19 pandemic has now affected 209 countries and territories, killing more than 102,000 people. The United States is now the worst hit nation with more than 500,000 infections including 18,600+ deaths.
While President Trump first said in January that the Covid19 epidemic as a hoax and would end by April like “magic”, U.S. health experts expect 100,000 ~ 250,000 citizens to die before the pandemic ends.