Thailand joined global leaders in renewing pledges and commitments to end the COVID-19 pandemic

Thailand joined global leaders in renewing pledges and commitments to end the COVID-19 pandemic

วันที่นำเข้าข้อมูล 12 May 2022

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On 12 May 2022 H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered a statement (through pre-recorded video) at the 2nd Global COVID-19 Summit, chaired by the United States President Joe Biden, in Session 1: Preventing Pandemic Fatigue and Prioritizing Preparedness. The Summit was also attended by Heads of States/Governments and ministers together with leaders from international organizations, civil societies, leading private companies, and philanthropic foundations.

On this occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Thailand's new commitments to put an end to the pandemic in the following 6 points: First, Thailand plans to donate over 3.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines worth 14.5 million USD in 2022 to countries with vaccine shortages. So far, we have already donated 1.3 million doses to neighbouring countries. Second, Thailand is accelerating vaccination to every person in the country regardless of nationality or immigration status. Health authorities are redoubling efforts to reach out to groups not yet vaccinated, such as migrant workers in hard-to-reach areas to extend national vaccine coverage to the widest extent possible. Third, Thailand pledges to continue to promote disease prevention and pandemic preparedness through capacity-building projects in several countries. Fourth, Thailand stands ready to cooperate with global partners on vaccine development and manufacturing. One of our homegrown vaccines is expected to register and produce in the 1st quarter of 2023. Fifth, Thailand has pledged to provide financial contributions to the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria for the sum of 7.5 million USD, or 1.5 million USD per year from 2020 to 2024, which has also supported countries in the fight against COVID-19. Sixth, Thailand supports in principle the U.S.’s initiative to establish the new global health security fund under the World Bank for better preparedness and response to future health emergencies. Lastly, Thailand called on global leaders to work together and take bolder steps to end this pandemic and build back better and stronger.

The 2nd Global COVID-19 Summit was co-hosted by the U.S., Senegal (President of the African Union), Belize (President of the Caribbean Community and Common Markets: CARICOM), Germany (President of the G7) and Indonesia (President of the G20). The summit aims to bring together global leaders to reiterate their pledges to end COVID-19 in 4 aspects which include preventing a pandemic, accelerating vaccination, expanding access to tests and treatments, and strengthening health security system. The summit was built upon the outcomes of the previous summit, held in September 2021, in which General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, gave his statement through a pre-recorded video together with other world leaders.

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