Thailand Calls for World to Share COVID-19 Vaccine

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday (25/9), called on countries to share COVID-19 medicines and vaccines with other countries, saying the pandemic proved that “no one is safe.” so that everything is safe.”

He delivered the statement at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, via video from Thailand.

Efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have been the main focus of speeches by leaders this week. Many have highlighted the inequalities of vaccine distribution, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Thailand has been hit by the worst outbreak of COVID-19 since another wave hit last April. Nearly a quarter of Thailand’s 1.4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases were found in Bangkok, the country’s capital.

According to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, 97.5 percent of Bangkok’s 7.69 million citizens have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 41.6 percent have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

The ministry last Tuesday announced 10,919 new cases of COVID-19 and 143 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases since March 2020 to 1.5 million cases and 15,612 deaths. [rd/em]

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