The Overseas Vietnamese Association in Hungary handed over medical supplies against COVID-19 pandemic to the Vietnamese Embassy on September 22, 2021. (Photo: VNA)

In 2021, the Government of Vietnam has made efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic with the spirit of protecting people's health and life first and foremost. Up to now, Vietnam's COVID-19 vaccination rate has been at a high level and by December 31, 2021, Vietnam will basically complete two shots of COVID-19 vaccine injection for 100% of people aged 18 and above. At the same time, Vietnam is also speeding up the vaccination schedule for children, the Ambassador wrote in the letter.

According to the Ambassador, the Vietnam-Hungary Comprehensive Partnership in 2021 continues to develop positively with meetings between senior leaders of the two countries and many cooperation projects and agreements having been signed and implemented. Two-way trade turnover remains above 1 billion USD and the import-export balance between the two countries is gradually becoming more balanced.

Large-format photos of the country and people of Vietnam are exhibited in some localities of Hungary, and the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in the city of Zalaegerszeg is always cared for and preserved by the Hungarian government and friends, she said

Particularly, when Vietnam called for support from international friends, the Government of Hungary decided to give Vietnam 100,000 doses of vaccine and 100,000 quick test kits and cede nonprofit 400,000 doses of vaccine, showing friendship and sharing with each other in difficult times, being determined to work together to repel the global COVID-19 pandemic, the ambassador wrote in the letter.

She wrote that she was also especially grateful for the heart towards the homeland and the country of the Vietnamese community in Hungary. Over the past year, the overseas Vietnamese have supported both materially, intellectually and spiritually, joining hands and contributing to the people at home to fight against the pandemic.

According to the Ambassador, although the Vietnamese community in Hungary is not large, just over 5,000 people, they have donated medical supplies and cash worth over 10 billion VND, including more than 12.5 tons of medical supplies worth nearly 9 billion VND and over 1.3 billion VND in cash.

The precious hearts of the overseas Vietnamese have been recognized and appreciated by Vietnamese leaders and authorities and awarded the Certificate of Merit by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, she wrote.

She believed that the overseas Vietnamese community will contribute more and more important resources to help the homeland of Vietnam to develop prosperously and promote the Vietnam-Hungary friendship.

She also revealed that to meet the needs of overseas Vietnamese returning to the homeland on the occasion of Lunar New Year and spring, the Government of Vietnam is implementing a plan to gradually restore international commercial flights and create favorable conditions for overseas Vietnamese to visit the homeland.

She believed that after a long time of being separated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the overseas Vietnamese community will soon have the opportunity to reunite with their relatives and friends at home./.