US removes Vietnam from list of areas vulnerable to community spread of SARS-CoV-2
Updated : 2/29/2020 11:24:24 AM (GMT+0700)

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)on February 27 decided to remove Vietnam from the list of destinationsvulnerable to community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Heath and
Human Services praise the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in the fight against the
acute respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 - Illustrative photo: VNA

The decision was made during a teleconference between theVietnamese Embassy in the US and the US Department of State, Department ofHealth and Human Services (HHS), and the CDC.

Representatives of the CDC and the HHS praised the VietnameseGovernment’s efforts in the fight against the acute respiratory disease causedby SARS-CoV-2, saying monitoring, quarantine and treatment have been carriedout comprehensively in the country.

The CDC said it plans to dispatch a delegation to Vietnam inthe second half of March in order to enhance medical cooperation between thetwo countries and accelerate the establishment of a CDC office in the SoutheastAsian nation.

The HHS also affirmed its willingness to consider helpingVietnam with more equipment in service of the epidemic combat.

Regarding regional collaboration, the US side expressed itswish to step up cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) in epidemic control, which is also expected to be tabled for discussionat the ASEAN-US Summit slated for March 14 in Las Vegas.

Over the past time, apart from authorities, many US firmshave also shown their interest in promoting medical collaboration with Vietnam.

According to the US-ASEAN Business Council, among a delegationof more than 40 US enterprises to visit Vietnam from March 3-6, there are about20 specialising in health care and pharmaceutical products.

Source: VNA

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