WHO to use Thailand’s efforts to combat Covid-19 as benchmark


THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised Thailand’s effective Covid-19 management, deputy government spokesman Traisuree Taisaranakul said.

She made the remarks after a meeting between WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus, WHO regional director for South-East Asia Poonam Khetrapal Singh and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul at the recent 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The WHO will use Thailand’s Covid-19 management as a role model to create international standards for disease management worldwide,” she said, citing WHO director- general and the regional director for South-East Asia’s remarks.

She said the WHO praised Thailand’s vaccination drive, as 81.4% of Thais had received their first jab and 75.3% had received the second jab.

“The WHO also thanked Thailand for participating in its development projects such as the WHO Biohub for research and development of vaccines to deal with emerging diseases,” she added.

She said Anutin has invited Ghrebreyesus to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation high-level meeting on health and the economy, to be held in Bangkok from Aug 22 to 26.

Thailand will open the Asean Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases during that time. — The Nation/ANN

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