Yesterday, the United States delivered a million doses of the Moderna mRNA vaccine to help Thailand fight the Covid19 virus.
Attorney General Michael Heath, Witchu Vejjajiva, Director General of the Department of U.S. and South Pacific Affairs, and Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, plv. The Director-General of the Ministry of Disease Control attended the arrival ceremony at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
The delivery of Moderna doses complements the historic shipment of 1.5 million Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered by the United States to Thailand in July this year.
“This new shipment reaffirms our support for Thailand as we stand shoulder to shoulder to overcome this global pandemic. While the first batch of vaccines helped Thailand contain the Covid19 outbreak, this second batch will help Thailand achieve its goal of vaccinating 70 per cent of the population by January, paving the way for the country’s economic recovery,” said Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath.
The US-provided Moderna doses will support Thailand’s ongoing vaccination efforts and boost public confidence as Thailand moves forward with plans to reopen and revitalize its economy.
The United States and Thailand have had a special economic relationship since the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Trade nearly 200 years ago. Today, our economic partnership is even stronger, and the United States is Thailand’s largest export market. The United States is proud to contribute to the Kingdom’s economic recovery by ensuring the availability of safe and effective vaccines.
This latest vaccine delivery builds on US government investment in Thailand of more than $1 billion in total aid over the past 20 years, including nearly $214 million for health. In addition to these 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the United States has provided tens of millions of dollars in COVID-19-related aid to Thailand since the outbreak began.
Working with partners around the world to end the devastating public health and economic consequences of this pandemic, the United States has delivered more than 250 million doses of Covid19 vaccines to more than 100 countries to date. President Biden is committed to getting safe and effective gunfire anywhere in the world.
The Moderna Covid19 vaccine was developed by the US company Moderna, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). It has been approved for emergency use by the US and Thai Food and Drug Administrations and the World Health Organization.
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