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Gov’t Hits Back at Swine Flu Critics, Saying It Spent ฿1.6 Billion to Fight Virus

The government hit back against criticism that it allowed African Swine Flu to sneak into and spread through Thailand’s pig farms, saying 1.6 billion baht has been allocated to fight ASF since 2019.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana emphasized the government’s actions against the spread of African Swine Fever, with the animal disease-control operations having been active since to control outbreaks.

He said the government was first notified of the regional ASF spread from China in 2018, after which Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered animal disease control units to carry out swift operations.

Since 2019, the Cabinet has allocated 1.55 billion baht to control the spread, as well as the development of animal vaccines to sustainably control the situation.

Thanakorn said technological and scientific knowledge has been utilized for risk assessment and epidemiological control, adding that the private sector has been very understanding of the situation and that the situation should not affect general consumers and the export sector.

Opposition parties, centered in the pig-farming northeast, have called for a no-confidence vote against Prayut and the agriculture minister for allowing ASF to spread, which has led to the current supply and price crises affecting the pork market.