11 July 2024

Switzerland has donated 1.1 million COVID-19 antigen test kits and 102 respirators to Thailand, which arrived today (Thursday).

This morning, Swiss Ambassador to Thailand Helene Budliger Artieda received the shipment of medical supplies at Suvarnabhumi Airport, in the presence of Thailand’s Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrachit, and Director-General of the Department of European Affairs Chulamanee Chartsuwan, according to a Facebook post by the Embassy of Switzerland.

Photo: Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand

This shipment, by Swiss Humanitarian Aid, coincides with Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis’s tour of Southeast Asia, from August 1st to 6th, which includes a visit to Thailand. Mr. Cassis will attend the official handover ceremony for the supplies on August 2nd in Bangkok, according to the Swiss government.

Photo: Embassy of Switzerland in Thailand

“In view of the worrying public health situation in Thailand, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to support the country in its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on its website. 

Swiss Humanitarian Aid has already sent supplies, including respirators, oxygen concentrators and personal protective equipment, to Indonesia, Tunisia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India.