The office, based in Ngo Quyen street in downtown Hanoi, is one of the CDC’s four in the world, together with the East Europe/Central Asia office in Gruzia, the Middle East/North Africa office in Oman, and the South America office in Brazil.
It will strengthen the CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans and people of the region by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever they occur and building key relationships to tackle shared health priorities.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said that over the past 20 years, health care cooperation has been a highlight in the ties between the US and the region and this is also a key area of cooperation in the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership.
“We welcome the US decision to open this office in Hanoi to show the development and vast potential of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership. Vietnam will create every condition possible for the effective operation of this office,” he said.
The US’s CDC regional office in Hanoi will work closely with partners within and outside the region in pursuit of the crucial goal of ensuring the best health care services for the people, he added.
US Vice President Kamala Harris said it is one of four such offices in the entire world, and a true testament for the US’s commitment to this important region.