This is the second consignment of vaccines delivered by India under the Quad Vaccine Partnership after the inaugural delivery to Cambodia which took place on April 12 (Images courtesy: Twitter/@IndiainThailand)
A consignment comprising 200,000 doses of 'Made in India' Covovax vaccines was handed over to Thailand under the Quad Vaccine Partnership in Bangkok today.
The vaccines were handed over jointly to Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul by Indian Ambassador Suchitra Durai, Australian Ambassador Allan McKinnon, Japanese Ambassador Nashida Kazuya and the US Chargé d'Affaires James Wayman.
This is the second consignment of vaccines delivered by India under the Quad Vaccine Partnership after the inaugural delivery to Cambodia which took place on April 12, fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment made at the Quad Leaders' Summit in Washington DC in September 2021 to donate 500,000 doses of Covid vaccines to countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Quad Vaccine Partnership was announced by the Quad Leaders at their first Summit on March 12 last year to leverage Quad’s collective strength to ensure equitable access to safe, effective and quality-assured vaccines.
Quad countries have so far provided Thailand four and a half million Covid-19 vaccine doses and also the last mile delivery assistance and monetary support to ensure that vaccines are translated into vaccinations.
Australia is supporting Thailand to deliver vaccines safely and effectively to its population, including through strengthening data systems and developing communication strategies with a focus on migrant populations.
India extended support to Thailand in augmenting its capabilities to fight the pandemic by providing oxygen concentrators and essential medicines.
Japan has provided oxygen concentrators for the treatment of the disease and high-quality equipment for vaccine storage and transport through ‘Last One Mile Support’.
The US has provided assistance with surveillance and contact tracing, case investigation, training health care workers and data management.
Thailand government has conveyed its appreciation for the vaccines received from the Quad and for its collective assistance to Thailand. Quad countries have assured Thailand about their desire to extend all possible support to combat the pandemic.