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Thailand and USA to strengthen cooperation for a Vaccine

16 Sep 2020

The Thai Deputy Prime Minister and the Thai Minister of Public Health, along with the U.S. Ambassador of Kingdom of Thailand, Michael George DeSombre, agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two nations on the development of COVID-19 vaccines in Thailand. The Minister of Public Health says the Thai government is willing to support any institution's vaccine development so that Thai people will have access to a vaccine once it is developed.

Together with Mr. DeSombre, Mr.

Anutin observed vaccine research and development at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) and monitored the progress of the HIV and COVID-19 vaccine development programs jointly run by Thailand and the United States.

Mr. Anutin said the visit highlighted cooperation between the two countries on developing dengue fever vaccines, malaria, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, human immunodeficiency virus, and COVID-19. These two nations also agreed to build a laboratory for testing experimental vaccines on animals. If the AFRIMS needs support or assistance, the Ministry of Public Health has allocated funding for COVID-19 research into vaccines. The ministry is ready to offer support for the benefit of humanity.

Mr. Anutin said that the Ministry of Public Health does not focus on vaccine development at any particular institution. The ministry has signed agreements with numerous institutions at home and abroad. The development of the COVID-19 vaccine is still underway. Regarding reports that one institution had to stop its project of vaccine development, he said the institution has now resumed the project. Obstacles in the development of vaccines are considered normal, and the Thai government is ready to support any type of vaccine development. If a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered in a program that operates with the support of the Thai Government, it will first be given to the Thai people.