Medical aid from Poland arrives in Vietnam

Vietnam has seen a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths since late April owing to the spread of the delta variant of the virus, and the country does not have enough doses to secure vaccinations for all those willing to have one. Luong Thai Linh/PAP/EPA

An airplane carrying nearly 8 tonnes of humanitarian aid landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Saturday morning, as part of Poland's help for a country facing an increasingly difficult epidemiological situation, the Polish embassy in Hanoi has said.

The shipment includes medical equipment such as ventilators, heart monitors and infusion pumps as well as personal protective equipment such as masks, protective clothing, gloves and visors.

The value of the aid coming from the Polish government's Strategic Reserves Agency (RARS) totals PLN 14 million (USD 3.6 million).

Poland's ambassador in Vietnam, Wojciech Gerwel, told PAP that the donated equipment will be used in intensive care units where patients with Covid-19 are treated.

"The Vietnamese side provided us with a list of the most needed equipment, so we were able to respond to specific demands," he said.

Earlier this year, on August 20, Poland sent over 500,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam.

Vietnam has seen a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths since late April owing to the spread of the delta variant of the virus, and the country does not have enough doses to secure vaccinations for all those willing to have one.