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800,000 doses of Chinese vaccine to go to 22 provinces next month



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The Thai government will send 800,000 doses of China’s Covid-19 vaccine to 22 selected provinces from next month. According to a Bangkok Post report, the Sinovac vaccine will be distributed to provinces that fall into 3 groups.

The first group consists of 6 provinces that have experienced a resurgence of the virus or where clusters of infections have been reported. They are the central provinces of Samut Sakhon, Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Pathum Thani, and Samut Prakan, as well as the northern province of Tak (specifically, the city of Mae Sot, which borders Myanmar).

The second group consists of 8 provinces considered popular tourist destinations. They are being prioritised for supplies of the vaccine in an attempt to revive their economies, which have been decimated by a lack of foreign tourists. The 8 provinces are Chon Buri, Rayong, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Surat Thani (specifically, the island of Samui).

The third group consists of 8 provinces that border neighbouring countries. They are Songkhla, Sa Kaeo, Chiang Rai, Mukdahan, Narathiwat, Ranong, Nong Khai, and Chanthaburi. It’s hoped the vaccine will help revive the local economy in each province.

Meanwhile, according to the Bangkok Post report, deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon has been given his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital. It’s understood Prawit, who suffers from a number of underlying conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, was vaccinated by his doctor on March 21. It’s reported he experienced no side-effects from the vaccine.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and members of his cabinet were inoculated on March 16, prior to a cabinet meeting. An unnamed source says Prawit did not join them for the vaccination, most likely due to his age and underlying conditions. The deputy PM is 75 year old.

Thailand’s Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, and his deputy, Sathit Pitutecha, were both given their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine on March 23. They, along with other members of the Health Ministry, received their first doses of the Chinese jab on February 28. Having now received the second dose, Anutin and Sathit are among the first people in the country to receive the online Covid-19 vaccination certificate, issued by the Public Health Ministry.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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  1. toby andrews

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Why next month?
    Why not tomorrow? The government scare the citizens about this virus yet delay vaccinating them.
    What’s going on. I note many of the government top persons have been vaccinated . . .
    Anyone who argued that this government was handling the pandemic well only have to see this delay, and should change their minds.

  2. Tony

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    International research and studies have shown that the Chinese vaccine is only in 50% of all cases effective.
    Question : What is the point of distributing another 800 k of Chinese vaccine?

  3. Issan John

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Handling the pandemic well, Toby, although that’s probably down to the Thais as much as the government – handling the vaccinations appallingly, by any measure.

  4. Aston

    Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Very funny. England vaccinates 500.000 people per day. Every day. And Thailand announces that they will send 800T next month. And? They shold send 800T every day. 3 month ago. 800T is for 400T people, 0.5% of Thailand population.

  5. RA

    Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:09 am

    800K not 800T.

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