Vietnam Assists Nations Struggling with Covid-19 Impact

Vietnam will continue supporting countries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, maintain normal economic activities with them, and provide them with basic necessities, including food, as needed, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said when addressing the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 held online on April 14.


The Prime Minister commended ASEAN member states for their collaboration with Vietnam in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He acknowledged their support for Vietnam’s proposals, including the establishment of the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund, the creation of a medical supplies reserve to address urgent needs during epidemics, the organization of an online defense forces drill, and the formation of a task force of senior ASEAN information officials to combat fake news.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of ASEAN supporting those affected by the pandemic, working together to mitigate its impact on socio-economic development, and proposing measures to expedite economic recovery.

ASEAN leaders also expressed their commitment to combating COVID-19.

They noted that the collective efforts of the bloc have yielded positive initial results, with a lower number of infections compared to other regions.

They further affirmed that the bloc’s top priority at present is to control and prevent the spread of the disease, particularly addressing cross-border infections.

In conclusion, the leaders adopted the Declaration of the Special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19.