US Deputy Secretary of State pledges Covid-19 aid

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha met with United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman yesterday
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha met with United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman yesterday to discuss the Covid-19 vaccine situation. The US representative acknowledged Thailand’s struggle to procure and distribute vaccines to everyone in the country, observing that many countries are grappling with similar issues.
She declared that the US has been pursuing a policy of procuring excess supplies of Covid-19 vaccines in order to aid other countries to get their citizens vaccinated and begin the road to recovery. The US, once the centre of the Covid-19 pandemic has been vaccinating its population at breakneck speed. 50% of the country has now received at least one jab while 40% are fully vaccinated with the country having administered over 296 million vaccines. A group of American expats urged Sherman to earmark vaccines for expats them in any donations.
A fair amount of the meeting was diplomatic back-patting, as PM Prayut offered congratulations for Sherman for her recent appointment to the Deputy Secretary of State position and asked her to pass on the same to Joe Biden on his presidential victory. He stated that the people of Thailand watch American politics and look forward to strengthening the long-standing friendly relationship between the 2 countries.
The US has had positive relations with Thailand for 188 years, with strong cooperation in security and economy. The US Deputy Secretary of State thanked PM Prayut for his reception and spoke kindly of the long-term partnership between the 2 countries after PM Prayut praised her experience and expertise and expressed hope for further growth together.
The meeting was a success, and PM Prayut thanked Sherman for the support and declared Thailand willing and thankful to receive Covid-19 aid from the US to help procure vaccines and fight the pandemic.
The US Embassy in Bangkok released a statement on Sherman’s visit and meetings with PM Prayut, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, and international organisations. The statement reconfirmed the support of the US in Covid-19 aid to Thailand, pledging US $30 million in assistance.
The Embassy also mentioned that the US Deputy Secretary of State discussed the crisis in Myanmar, highlighting the importance of democracy, fundamental freedoms, freedom of expression, and human rights. In her meeting with non-governmental international organisations, she discussed humanitarian aid to the Burmese people and called for an end to violence and a return to democracy from the military junta.

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. @Gosport. Many of the reliable and effective vaccines have been developed either by the US or with US tax payers money. If and when you get a Pfizer or Moderna jab, say a little thank you for the US sense of creativity and invention that will save your sorry racist Kwai arse!

  2. Another 30 millOin usd from the USA. How disgusting and greedy this government is. Europe, Australia and Europe pay the vaccination for Thailand and Westerners have to beg for vaccines paid by taxes of the westerners in Thailand. This people really have no shame for nothing! Also disgusting is how the cheating with free trade agreements with the eu, they wan pay no taxes or customs but charge for German products like a mercedes a few hundred percent, it show what kind of greedy and disgusting mindset they have.

  3. When is the West going to realise these peasants in uniform are no better than panhandlers on the street.
    They are going to skim all the West gives them and retire in Bel Air in 50 million dollar villas.

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