The Thai government has yet to sign off on the necessary documentation to receive Pfizer donations from the United States, a meeting between a Thai politician and a US senator has revealed.
United States Senator Tammy Duckworth in a meeting with Sudarat Keyuraphan, leader of the Thai Sang Thai Party, said that the United States is ready to send another one million donated Pfizer doses to Thailand but the Thai government have yet to reply with required documentation which is causing delay,
“[We have] a million doses that are waiting to go but Thailand has not finished the paperwork,” Duckworth said.
“I told the ambassador a month ago that it needs to be completed and they said they are going to go work on it…and in my position, it is very hard for me to go to the President and the national security agency and asked for more vaccines for Thailand when there is a million waiting that can’t be sent.”
Tammy said she had originally asked for the same amount for Indonesia and since there was no delay on documentation with them, Indonesia has now received more than eight million doses.
Apart from the lack of delay in documentation, Indonesia is also receiving more donation from the US because the country is part of the COVAX initiative and Thailand is not.
The Kingdom also ordered 30 million doses from Pfizer directly and they are expected to arrive between October and December.
Tanee Sangrat, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that the Ministry of Public Health is the agency that is dealing with the Covid vaccine donation from the US.