WASHINGTON -- The President of the United States announced a plan to deliver 80 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need around the world. Thailand will receive a share of safe and effective vaccines from this world-wide donation. The United States is sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic.
President Biden’s plan for the 80 million donated doses includes over 23 million for Asia, an effort that will keep the region – and Thailand – safe. These donations are in addition to the United States’ $4 billion in commitments to COVAX, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Initiative, including half a billion Pfizer doses over the upcoming year.
For over 60 years, the United States and Thailand have joined forces to address critical issues affecting public health. This cooperation has increased since the start of the pandemic, with the United States working hand-in-hand with Thai partners to strengthen local responses to COVID-19 and help Thailand access critical medical equipment. To date, the U.S. government has provided over $40 million (equivalent to 1.28 billion Thai baht) in COVID-19-related assistance to Thailand. Our plan to donate vaccines will substantially increase this assistance.
U.S. assistance thus far includes $28.5 million in ventilators, respirators, testing kits, surgical masks, goggles, and other protective equipment to Thai doctors and nurses, plus support for displaced people along the border. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been a partner of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health for over 40 years, has provided $13 million in COVID-19-related assistance.
The United States is committed to our alliance and partnership with Thailand and our shared values of freedom, peace, and prosperity.