Fact Sheet: U.S. Support for Thailand to Beat COVID-19
- The U.S. Government has announced a framework for sharing 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of June. The plan for the first 25 million doses includes 7 million for Asia, including Thailand. This is in addition to the $4 billion U.S. commitment to COVAX.
- The U.S. Government has donated $30 million in total COVID-related assistance to Thailand. This includes $17.5 million in ventilators, respirators, surgical masks, goggles, and other protective equipment to Thai doctors and nurses, plus assistance to support refugees in border camps.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided an additional $13 million in assistance while working side-by-side with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH).
Strengthening the Thai COVID-19 Response at Every Level:
- Testing: USAID, CDC and the U.S. Army have assisted the Thai government with boosting diagnostic capacity. USAID assisted Thailand’s confirmation of the first traveler-imported COVID-19 case in January 2020.
- Border Surveillance: CDC developed an enhanced surveillance program for nine camps on the Thai-Myanmar border. To date, it has tested more than 1,500 specimens for COVID-19 and detected three outbreaks, providing camp healthcare providers with early awareness which prevented widespread epidemics in a high-risk environment.
- Treatment: USAID supported online counseling and provided pulse oximeters to key populations who have been affected by COVID-19 to monitor their health and facilitate access to treatment. This includes migrants.
- Vaccine and Drug Development: U.S. Army medical scientists are collaborating with Thai counterparts to develop Thailand’s own vaccine candidates, intensifying efforts to protect Thais in the future.
- PPE Donations: The USG has donated $17.5 million worth of ventilators, respirators, surgical masks, goggles, and protective equipment to Thai doctors and nurses, plus assistance to support refugees in border camps.
- Outreach to Migrants: CDC and USAID have led outreach efforts to migrant communities. Over 117,601 migrants and vulnerable people have been educated on sanitary guidelines to eliminate or reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Quarantine Assistance: USAID supported the PhonPhai mobile application to enable direct and timely distribution of 188,203 relief kits and drinking water (valued at nearly $4 million) to quarantined individuals across 69 of Thailand’s 77
- Research: CDC-Thailand is working with Thailand’s MOPH to conduct a COVID-19 vaccine implementation study to evaluate vaccine knowledge, attitudes and practices among key populations.
For more information on private sector support to Thai communities during the pandemic, please visit https://www.amchamthailand.com/2020/04/10/amcham-works-together/