Today, U.S. Ambassador Glyn T. Davies offered a donation of 50,000 rabies vaccines to Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development to support Thailand as it addresses an increase in human and animal rabies cases since the beginning of 2018. The donation, made on behalf of the U.S. Government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), highlights continued collaboration in public health between the United States and Thailand as the two countries celebrate 200 years of friendship in 2018.
50,000 doses of high-quality animal rabies vaccines (Nobivac) were delivered to the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) by the U.S. Rabies Taskforce to support the efforts in response to the outbreak. The U.S. Rabies Taskforce consists of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American pharmaceutical company Merck Sharpe and Dohme Animal Health, and the non-governmental organization Mission Rabies.
“This year we celebrate 200 years of U.S.-Thai friendship, and we continue working closely with Thailand in the field of public health, which we have done for more than 60 years. Today we are donating rabies vaccines toward the prevention and control of rabies in Thailand, which supports Thailand’s goal of eliminating rabies by 2020,” said U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn T. Davies. “We are committed to supporting the Department of Livestock Development and Department of Disease Control in their One Health Agenda, just as we are dedicated to working with our ‘Great and Good Friends’ in Thailand in other areas of public health.”
Acting Director General of the Department of Livestock Development Dr. Sorawis Thaneto, Director General of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, Dr. John MacArthur, Country Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Thailand and Dr. Richard Goughnour, Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the donation ceremony.