Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Bern, 07/28/2021 – Switzerland is supporting Thailand in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic. Federal Humanitarian Aid sent around 100 ventilators and over a million antigen tests to Bangkok today, Wednesday. This aid delivery coincides with Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis’ trip to Southeast Asia, which will also take him to Thailand.
In view of the precarious health situation in Thailand, Federal Humanitarian Aid has decided to support the country in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic.
Today, Wednesday, a cargo plane left Zurich for Bangkok with more than 26 tons of medical supplies on board. The 100 or so ventilators come from the stock of the army pharmacy and the more than one million antigen tests from the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG). The value of the medical supplies is around 9 million francs.
The material will be received by the Thai authorities in Bangkok. The Swiss embassy in Thailand is in close contact with the local authorities in order to ensure the needs-based and fair distribution of relief supplies according to humanitarian principles.
The delivery of aid by the Federal Humanitarian Aid, which is based at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), coincides with Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis’ trip to Southeast Asia (August 1-6, 2021), which will also take him to Thailand. An official handover ceremony for the goods delivered by Switzerland is planned for August 2, 2021 in the presence of Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis.
Today’s delivery to Thailand is the seventh delivery of relief supplies from Switzerland abroad in response to the Covid-19 pandemic since May 2021. The Federal Humanitarian Aid has previously sent relief supplies (ventilators, oxygen concentrators and protective material) to Indonesia (July 24th, 21), Sent to Tunisia (7/16/21), Mongolia (7/12/21), Sri Lanka (7/6/21), Nepal (5/21/21) and India (6/6/21). Switzerland is continuously following the development of the health situation in the world in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is ready to provide assistance wherever possible and upon request.
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