The US will continue to support ASEAN countries in the fight against Covid-19

“The US continues to be a partner of ASEAN countries in the fight against Covid-19”

The US Secretary of State reaffirmed this in a statement congratulating the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat on the 54th anniversary of its founding.

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. Photo: AFP

In a press release published by the White House, US Secretary of State Blinken said that to date, the US has provided more than 23 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and more than $158 million in humanitarian and medical assistance to member countries. members of ASEAN, to assist these countries in their response to the pandemic.

“We will also be there to help the ASEAN region bounce back from the economic damage caused by the pandemic, by helping to promote green recovery and ensuring outbreak preparedness. in the future,” Foreign Minister Blinken emphasized.

The US has donated 3 million more doses of Moderna vaccine based on mRNA technology to Vietnam through the COVAX vaccine sharing mechanism, according to a July 25 statement by the US Embassy. This is a batch of vaccines following 2 million doses of Moderna vaccine that the US gave to Vietnam on July 10.

US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Christopher Klein said: “We are always ready to support Vietnam during this difficult time, and the total of 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine using mRNA technology that we have given to Vietnam is a testament to the evidence of this support. Together we will overcome the pandemic and rise stronger.”

The US and Vietnam have cooperated to improve Vietnam’s capacity in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, based on the long-term cooperation relationship between the two countries and the valuable US support. over 1 billion USD in recent years, to help Vietnam develop health infrastructure.

In addition to donating 5 million doses of vaccine, since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US has committed $19.8 million worth of support to help Vietnam cope with the pandemic.

Recently, US President Joe Biden also announced that the US will provide 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) for distribution through the COVAX mechanism to 92 countries and low-income economies. and low average, including Vietnam.

“We don’t share these vaccines to win favors or privileges. We share vaccines to save lives and save the world from a pandemic,” Biden said.

Congratulating ASEAN on its 54th anniversary, the US Secretary of State expressed his wish for many more years of friendship and cooperation with ASEAN and the peoples of Southeast Asia.

Blinken assessed that US-ASEAN cooperation has entered its fifth decade and continues to promote a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable region. The US-ASEAN strategic partnership contributes to a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, with ASEAN and its ASEAN-led mechanisms central to the architecture of cooperation in the region. area.

“This week, I have the honor of participating in the US-ASEAN Summit, the East Asia Summit (EAS), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the Ministerial Meeting on the Mekong-US Partnership (MUSP). ), and the Friends of the Mekong Ministerial Meeting (FOM).I appreciate the opportunity to interact with our friends at the ASEAN Secretariat, with representatives of ASEAN member states, with other key stakeholders in the region, and with partners and allies around the world interested in shaping a positive, peaceful, and productive future for the ASEAN region,” Foreign Minister Blinken said. said.

At these meetings and during this week’s US-Indonesia Strategic Dialogue with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi, Foreign Minister Blinken also reaffirmed the US commitment to ASEAN and emphasized ASEAN’s central role in the region’s vision. overall view of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“To that end, we look forward to fostering effective engagement in the region as US Vice President Harris will visit Singapore and Vietnam this month to further discuss our cooperation. meeting pressing regional and international challenges, as well as deepening the relationship between the people of the United States and the peoples of Southeast Asian countries,” said Mr. Blinken.

54 years ago, August 8, 1967 marked the birth of ASEAN, one of the most important and successful regional cooperation organizations in the world, starting the process of deepening linkage, creating maintain peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia and the region.