Hanoi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung handed over the symbol of medical supplies to US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink on June 1st. (Photo: VNA)

Ms. Penny Abeywardena, member of the New York city Council in charge of foreign affairs, asked Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Chief Representative of the Vietnamese permanent mission at the UN, to convey the sincere thanks of New York to Hanoi authority and people.

According to Ms. Abeywardena, this is a very practical help as New York is still struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambassador Quy expressed his wish that the gift of Hanoi people will contribute some small part to help New Yorkers overcome the difficult period of time.

He added he expected that New York and Hanoi cities would have many opportunities for cooperation in the future, especially between businesses to promote economic and social development and overcome the consequences of the pandemic.

The masks are produced in Vietnam, receiving the CE mark of the European Union (EU). Earlier, on June 1st, Hanoi City President Nguyen Duc Chung presented symbolically the masks to New York city through US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink.

Up to now, New York city has reported more than 220,000 COVID-19 cases, accounting for 50% of all cases of New York state, claiming the lives of 22,000 people. Social distancing is still applied in New York city and mask wearing is compulsory at public places./.

Compiled by BTA