The United States is committed to leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, we have shared over 110 million vaccine doses globally and are in the process of providing over 500 million more to over 100 nations. The United States is not asking for payment of any kind, and there are no strings attached to these donations.
During a recent trip to Thailand, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States is providing more than $50 million in critical humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma, including those forced to flee violence and persecution. In addition, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield announced $5 million in aid to help Thailand fight COVID-19. As noted by State Department Spokesperson Ned Price:
“This funding comes at a critical point of rising humanitarian needs and will help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on the lives of people of both Thailand and Burma.”
Five million dollars of these new funds will go toward providing support to Thai health care workers administering vaccines. It will also help strengthen the ability of Thailand’s health care system to respond to COVID-19.
The rest of the aid package, 50 million dollars, will provide critical humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma, said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield. The money will also aid those who had been displaced and forced to flee violence and persecution in the wake of the military coup.
“The 50 million dollars in humanitarian aid will flow directly through international and non-governmental organization partners to provide emergency food assistance, lifesaving protection, shelter, essential health care, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to vulnerable people from [Burma], including more than 700,000 refugees and internally displaced people. These resources will help ensure Thailand, NGOs, and international organizations can both respond to the COVID crisis and meet the needs of vulnerable people, particularly in the Thai border area,” said Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield.
“These are extremely tough times here and across the globe. And I want the people of Thailand to know the United States will continue to stand with you.”
The United States urges other donors to generously support the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Burma. We further urge the international community to join us in doing more to combat COVID-19 and bring the pandemic to an end — in Thailand and around the world.