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Sen. Duckworth, Thai Minister Smooth Snafu Over Stalled Pfizer Vaccine Donation

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai met with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth in Washington Sept. 27.
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai met with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth in Washington Sept. 27.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai thanked U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth for pushing an American donation of Covid-19 vaccines to Thailand.

The Foreign Ministry released photos of the Sept. 27 meeting between Don and Duckworth at her Washington, D.C. office.

Don expressed his gratitude towards the senator, who is half-Thai, for her support in the donation of a total 2.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from the US of which 1 million remain outstanding.

Both expressed their satisfaction that the U.S. government convened a meeting of a Thai-US working group this week in Bangkok to start the documentation process for the donation.

The meeting came following a war of words between U.S. embassy and the Thai Foreign Affair and Public Health ministries.

The U.S. had said the donation of the final million doses had not happened because Thailand had not completed the required paperwork. Thailand countered that the U.S. had not sent the needed forms.

The U.S. embassy in Thailand and the Thai embassy in the Washington then stated American had not sought any documents from Thailand at all.

U.S. diplomats and Thai bureaucrats are now meeting to sort out the snafu.