Minister of Public Health Instils Business Confidence

Minister of Public Health Instils Business Confidence

On March 17, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM Thailand) hosted its online Membership Meeting with H.E. Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health. H.E. Anutin addressed AMCHAM on the Public Health Ministry’s initiatives for national immunity through its mass vaccination campaign, plans to revive the economy, and business outlook in Thailand.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Thailand has demonstrated strong leadership in battling Covid-19. AMCHAM President Greg Wong, Managing Director of Agoda, congratulated H.E. Anutin and the Department of Public Health for their dedicated service in efficiently managing the pandemic and making Thailand a safe haven. “The U.S. and Thailand have a long-standing relationship and the AMCHAM business community stands to support the Royal Thai Government in its initiatives to protect public health and accelerate long-term economic recovery in the Kingdom”, he stated.

H.E. Anutin talked about the range of measures the government is undertaking and accorded the success of the Kingdom’s effective Covid-19 response to cooperation from the people of Thailand in adhering to disease control measures, its robust healthcare system, and the role of the Center for Disease Control in effectively educating the general public. “The Royal Thai Government’s goal is to get 80 percent of people in Thailand immunized, including Thais and foreigners by the end of the year through the anticipated mass vaccination campaign”, stated H.E. Anutin. “Thai authorities attach high priority to the safety of vaccines and the Ministry has communicated with various vaccine manufactures to procure safe and quality vaccines in a timely manner,” stated H.E. Anutin. He assured AMCHAM that Thailand’s healthcare system is well-prepared to manage the roll-out and its local manufacturing has the capacity to build products needed for the campaign. So far, more than 50,000 people including health care professionals, and government executives have been vaccinated.

In regards to plans for reviving the tourism industry, he mentioned that the Ministry of Public Health has proposed to relax the mandatory 14-day quarantine to a 10-day quarantine. H.E. Anutin expressed the need for continued cooperation from all sectors. “People who are vaccinated will still need to comply with safety measures such as wearing masks, sanitizing their hands, and social distancing. Our experiences tell us to be vigilant”, he said.

The event was followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by AMCHAM Executive Director Heidi Gallant. During the session, members asked when the private sector could expect purchase of the vaccine, vaccine passports, and shorter quarantine for people who have proof of vaccination. H.E. Anutin applauded the role of the private sector, academics, and the government for actively engaging to navigate through the crisis and building a resilient crisis response system.

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