On July 15th, Vietnam's Ministry of Health presented 200,000 face masks to its Lao counterpart to support the country in COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long highlighted the special relationship between the two countries, saying the two governments have coordinated closely in the fight against the disease.
Vietnam appreciated the efforts of the Government and people of Laos in COVID-19 prevention and control, he said. Vietnam and Laos are exchanging and discussing to resume normal activities in all aspects.
The acting minister said it is necessary to establish a regular information channel between the two sides, with technical and equipment assistance, to cope with the pandemic as well as other diseases, adding that the two ministries should coordinate more closely in the time to come.
Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang thanked the Ministry of Health for its meaningful gifts and spoke of the support provided by the Vietnamese Government and people to his country.
The Ambassador appreciated and acknowledged sentiment of the Government and the people of Vietnam as well as the Ministry of Health of Vietnam for the Government and people of Laos.
He congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in responding to the disease, saying that the Government and people of Laos are still carefully working towards controlling the outbreak.
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