The State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese receives donations from overseas Vietnamese in the Czech Republic (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

In the thank-you letter, the Deputy Minister said since the new COVID-19 wave sprang up with new variants, authorities and people in localities across the country, especially Ho Chi Minh City and southern provinces, have made efforts to contain the pandemic, press ahead with vaccinations and recover the economy.

According to him, over the past time, overseas Vietnamese have supported the pandemic fight through various forms such as providing medical equipment, food and financial support for pandemic-stricken localities, and sharing experience in COVID-19 prevention and control.

Since June 5, they have sent home more than 10.5 billion VND (457,200 USD), he said, adding that nearly 30 Vietnamese organisations and associations in France, the US and Canada, among others, have launched fund-raising campaigns to aid anti-pandemic efforts in the homeland, he said.

VietBay – a group of Vietnamese in Bay Area, San Francisco, has so far this month presented nearly 10,000 gifts to poor labourers in HCM City – the country’s biggest pandemic hotspot at present, he added.

The supports have not only directly contributed to the pandemic fight in Vietnam but also demonstrated the patriotism, mutual support and great unity of Vietnamese, Hieu said, calling for more assistance from the community in the coming time.

Deputy Minister Hieu said the commission will coordinate with relevant agencies and units to organise online workshops to pool Vietnamese expats’ opinions on COVID-19 containment and economic development./.

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