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Thailand set to donate vaccines to Africa, government says

Thailand set to donate vaccines to Africa, government says

BANGKOK: Thailand has shown an interest in joining the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (Avat) to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the continent.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 2 December 2021, 09:42AM


Anutin had told the WHO director-general that Thailand has sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and the country is interested in donating vaccine doses to African countries where the vaccine uptake is low. Photo: Bangkok Post

Anutin had told the WHO director-general that Thailand has sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and the country is interested in donating vaccine doses to African countries where the vaccine uptake is low. Photo: Bangkok Post

This comes amid the spread of Omicron, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said yesterday (Dec 1).

Ms Traisuree said she had been briefed by Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who attended a session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) over the past week in Geneva, Switzerland, reports the Bangkok Post.

Ms Traisuree said Anutin met Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), to discuss having Thailand join the WHO BioHub System to enhance the rapid sharing of viruses and other pathogens between laboratories and partners globally.

The WHO BioHub System will offer a reliable, safe and transparent mechanism for WHO states to share novel biological materials without replacing or competing with existing systems. It is not clear if this will enhance local tracking of Omicron, seen as key to establishing if the virus variant has arrived in this country yet.

The sharing of biological materials with pandemic potential will be done through one or more of the laboratories designated as a WHO BioHub facility, she said.

This will allow WHO states and partners to work better and faster,to advance research, be more prepared for health emergencies and ensure fairness in access to benefits.

Ms Traisuree said Anutin had told the WHO director-general that Thailand has sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and the country is interested in donating vaccine doses to African countries where the vaccine uptake is low.

She said Dr Ghebreyesus suggested Thailand should join the Avat to ensure widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines across Africa.

“He [Anutin] will raise the matter with Gen Prayut later about joining the Avat as soon as possible,” Ms Traisuree said.

They also exchanged experiences about cross-vaccination where people are given doses from different manufacturers, as well as participation in the Universal Health Preparedness and Response (UHPR) system to exchange experiences of Thailand’s universal healthcare system including local measures to deal with emergency cases.

During the meeting, Ms Traisuree said Anutin suggested establishing an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) to elevate pandemic preparedness and response, as well as contributing to strengthening international health regulations.

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Pooliekev | 03 December 2021 - 19:56:00

Nobody of any capability joined Covax because like the greedy USA they all hoarded their vaccines. 

Kamala Pete | 03 December 2021 - 14:38:20

Could be a clever way to get rid of unwanted stocks of chinese lolly water. If backhanders are involved then it could be a "win win". 

H2538 | 03 December 2021 - 09:58:36

Amazing impudence considering the their own vaccination status.... 

Kurt | 03 December 2021 - 08:49:26

A funny Anutin way to shuffle with vaccines. First he received vaccine donations from european countries and next he push them to Africa. Why Europe not send the vaccines straight to Africa and avoid Anutin nonsense?

Foot | 02 December 2021 - 17:17:54

This is a joke, right?  Thailand STILL hasn't vaccinated its own citizens and residents yet because they haven't got the vaccines, so they're going to send what little they have to other countries.  Genius!

 

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