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Australian government provides grant to cover 1 million vaccine doses in Laos

Photo via Facebook/Australia in Laos

To help the mass rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in Laos, the Australian government is providing a 15.2 million AUD grant to cover around 1 million vaccine doses in the Southeast Asian country. The grant also covers training for healthcare workers on how to safely administer the vaccines.

Laos reported a spike in cases over the past month, after a year of containing the spread of the virus with active cases remaining under 20. Yesterday, Laos reported 1,088 active cases, a sharp increase after months of just a few active Covid-19 cases at a time.

Australian Ambassador to Laos, Paul Kelly, says the Australian government is “pleased to be able to support the people of Laos in a time of need.”

“Ensuring Laos has access to safe and effective vaccines is a major and immediate priority for the Australian government… We recognise that no one is safe until everyone is safe. Our support will vaccinate hundreds of thousands of Lao people as well as support long term health security. Australia has been a long-standing and trusted partner for Laos over the past 69 years.”

Laos Vice President Pany Yathotou says the grant from Australia is a significant contribution to ensures the efficient rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in Laos. Most of the funds will be used to purchase the doses and to help Laos distribute and administer vaccines. It will also support a public information campaign, spreading facts about vaccines and also translating the information to ethnic languages.

The Australian Embassy says the country also contributed to the multilateral COVAX facility which covers free vaccinations for more than 20% of the Laos population.

Australian government provides grant to cover 1 million vaccine doses in Laos | News by Thaiger
Active Covid-19 cases in Laos as of 12 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

4 Comments

  1. Don’t trust the Australian government Laos! They’re absolutely useless in their own vaccine rollout so I wouldn’t be taking any advice from them.
    Grab the money while you can though ?

  2. With expats in Thailand actively excluded from current vaccination schedules it seems a shame that the Australian government does not display any level of concern for its own citizens as well as the undoubted needs of the Laos people. A financial provision or even govt to govt agreement to allow Australians in Thailand access to vaccines (at cost to those expats) would seem appropriate in view of its financial largesse to both Thai and Laos governments

  3. @Anthony J REDRUP – we are not atm machines, people have too take on there own responsibility at times.
    I think we have done plenty for Laos & the kingdom of Thailand. Short memory I see, every person in oz gets
    a free vaccine, & money if they are stuck here in oz. what else would you require us too do….
    Plenty of concern at the highest level.

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