Minister Don meets US officials over vaccine donation to Thailand

In Washington DC, Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US Senator Tammy Duckworth to debate the 1 million Pfizer vaccines the US donated that Thailand has yet to collect. Last week either side argued that they have been ready on the other’s bureaucratic pink tape to finish the donation, with Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul saying they hadn’t received paperwork via proper channels and Duckworth saying she told Thai officials to file paperwork a month in the past.
The US donated 2.5 million Pfizer vaccines, with 1.5 having been delivered 2 months ago and the remaining 1 million seemingly stalled in administrative paperwork. The Thai authorities and the US Embassy in Thailand denied claims of the hold-up on the Thai aspect.
Don thanked Senator Duckworth, who was herself born in Thailand and has been a steady robust advocate for her house country in US politics, for her continued push to get the Pfizer vaccines for Thailand. Now thanked Secretary of State Blinken for all of the assist and help the US has supplied all through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The officers agreed to meet subsequent week to resolve the holdups and get the method again on observe.
During the meeting, the officers discussed a couple of different issues of relevance to each Thailand and the US. They spoke of a possible economic revival partnership because the world recovers from Covid-19, as nicely the 26th UN Climate Change Conference coming up in Glasgow in November.
Other issues discussed included international packages like the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership..

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