Thailand and the US to Push Forward Cooperation on COVID-19 Vaccines

June 3, 2021

Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomed the US support on COVID-19 vaccines during his meeting with Mrs. Wendy R. Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State, who paid an official visit to Thailand on 1-2 June 2021.

The US Deputy Secretary of State paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister at Government House on 2 June, when she commended ongoing relations between Thailand and the US, especially close security and economic cooperation. Under the COVID-19 situation, she said, the US has a policy to make vaccines available to other countries, including Thailand.

The Prime Minister and the US Deputy Secretary of State also discussed other issues of mutual interest. The Prime Minister affirmed Thailands priority on climate change, which is in line with the countrys Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model and would include in the agenda of 2022 APEC Summit, to be hosted by Thailand.

Moreover, he said, the Thai government had declared trafficking in persons as part of the national agenda and has been striving to solve the problem through cooperation with various concerned sectors. The US Deputy Secretary of State marveled Thailands commitment and affirmed US support on this matter.

The Prime Minister underscored Thailands commitment to endorse constructive role of the US in the ASEAN region and Mekong sub-region.

On the same day, the US Deputy Secretary of State paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai. They reaffirmed strong commitment to the long-standing alliance and strategic partnership between Thailand and the US, including cooperation on public health and economic recovery from the spread of COVID-19, for common regional security and prosperity.

The US recognized Thailands and global needs for increased access to vaccines and increased vaccine production. They also discussed promoting cooperation for economic recovery, as well as climate change and sustainable development, as prioritized by both governments, including the Royal Thai Governments policy on BCG Economy, particularly in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and the US Deputy Secretary of State also exchanged views on the current regional strategic landscape and key regional developments, including the situation in Myanmar.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the official visit of the US delegation to Thailand, led by Deputy Secretary of State Sherman, on 1-2 June 2021 underscores the importance of the enduring Thailand-US alliance, which has gone from strength to strength despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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