PM announces Thailand’s 70% vaccination goal at Global COVID-19 summit
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced three milestones to be achieved to control the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand, as well as cooperation with other countries, during the virtual “Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better”, which is part of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The three milestones:
- Inoculation of at least 70% of the country’s entire population this year, which is part of Thailand’s national agenda. The government is also investing in domestic research and development of vaccines and is cooperating with other countries to enhance vaccine production in the region.
- Increasing the production capacity for medical supplies and equipment. Thailand has been helping to provide medical supplies and equipment to 10 other countries and increasing the capacity of public health infrastructure in nearby countries.
- Strengthening preparedness against all epidemics within the country, the region, and globally. Thailand also supports the WHO in writing the international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response. The country’s Communicable Diseases Act is also being amended to be in accordance with international health policies, to prepare for future pandemics.
According to Government Spokesperson, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the Prime Minister will also be attending the Food Systems Summit today, the High-level Dialogue on Energy tomorrow, and the General Debate on Saturday, where he will discuss the global outlook post-COVID-19.