Anutin accuses US senator of “fake news” over Pfizer delay

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul Thursday refuted comments by US Senator Tammy Duckworth that the next batch of US Pfizer vaccine donated to Thailand is being held up by bureaucracy in Bangkok.

“From the discussion with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been found that the ministry has yet to receive the diplomatic document from the US government about the extra vaccine support to Thailand, so the news is not real,” Anutin said.

His comments came after Thai Sang Thai Party’s leader, Sudarat Keyuraphan, met with Duckworth in Washington DC this week to discuss the latest donation.

Duckworth told Sudarat in a conversation on the record that the US is waiting to send another 1 million doses, but the Thai government has yet to reply with the required documentation, which is causing the delay.

Thailand received the first 1.5 million donated Pfizer doses from the US at the end of July. Washington has said since August that they are ready to send another million.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier Thursday that the Ministry of Public Health is the agency dealing with the Covid vaccine donation from the US.

Spokesman Tanee Sangrat also said that Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is currently in the US for the UN General Assembly between September 20 and 29, and will be meeting with Duckworth next week when there should be more clarification.


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