The German electronic newspaper DW ran an article, saying the Vietnamese Government had handed over 550,000 antibacterial face masks as gifts to the embassies of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, Euronews reported that in addition to the above-mentioned countries, Vietnam has also donated masks and medical equipment to Cambodia, Laos and China.

Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung speaks at the ceremony  to hand over 550,000 antibacterial face masks to the embassies of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

The German Embassy in Vietnam, through its facebook page, thanked the Vietnamese Government for giving the German Government 110,000 face masks.

According to Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung, Vietnam wants to support its European partners which have shown their solidarity and friendship with Vietnam in the past.

The German Embassy said that the Vietnamese community in Germany has also joined hands with local authorities in the fight against the pandemic.

Thousands of medical face masks, cloth masks, and protective gloves have been mobilised among overseas Vietnamese in Germany to present to local hospitals, nursing homes, health centres and police stations.

Many Vietnamese restaurants in the European country have offered thousands of free meals to doctors and nurses at COVID-19 treatment centres, the embassy added.

The German Embassy expressed its gratitude to the Vietnamese community’s determination to combat the disease, as well as the strength of the German-Vietnamese friendship.     

It said that research institutions, scientists and the governments of the two countries are closely cooperating in the COVID-19 combat.

Accordingly, the Vietnamese-German Centre of Excellence in Medical Research (VG-CARE) in Hanoi recently delivered 6,000 test tubes to Germany for COVID-19 drug development research.

In an interview with Berlin-based daily newspaper Berliner Zeitung on April 7th, Regine Hengge, a prestigious microbiology professor from Humbolt University, recommended that German authorities and people follow Vietnam’s face mask wearing rule to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic./.