Thailand’s negotiation framework and proposal for the establishment of the ASEAN Center for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases (APHEED) in Thailand have won Cabinet approval.
The Cabinet was told that APHEED aims to bring stability and safety in public health emergencies and emerging diseases to the ASEAN Community. It would lead to greater technical cooperation in disease prevention among ASEAN countries, as well as between ASEAN and non-ASEAN members.
The establishment of APHEED in Thailand would also reduce the country’s medical costs, especially from its support for screening, immunization, medical checks and treatment, and disease control among foreign workers from neighboring countries.
In addition, the Cabinet was told that APHEED would also boost confidence among investors, tourists, and other travelers about the strength of Thailand’s healthcare system and that of other ASEAN members. The center would contribute to trade and economic cooperation within ASEAN and between ASEAN and other parts of the world, as well.
At the 35th ASEAN-Japan Forum via video conference, held on 14 October 2020, ASEAN appreciated Japan’s support on the establishment of APHEED and looked forward to the formal announcement of its establishment at the 23rd ASEAN-Japan Summit in November 2020.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department