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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is also set to arrive in Thailand today



PHOTO: Facebook/ Anutin Charnvirakul

While news has been focused on today’s arrival of China’s Sinovac vaccine, it’s now being reported that 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also arrive in Thailand today. The vaccines will be distributed to 13 provinces, including 9 that are considered the “highest risk” of Covid-19 infection as well as 4 popular tourist destinations that are of “economic significance” such as Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The delivery of the Sinovac vaccine was widely publicised in Thailand. The public health minister posted photos of the packages throughout the delivery process. The government even held a special event called “Covid vaccines, restoring the Thai smile” where they formally accepted the first delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in Thailand. The Bangkok Post says officials did not specify how many Sinovac doses were shipped, but in earlier reports, the government said they planned for 200,000 doses in the first round.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be injected with the AstraZeneca vaccine rather than the Sinovac vaccine due to his age. A doctor recently warned that the Sinovac vaccine’s efficacy and safety has not been tested in those over 60. Prayut says the 200,000 doses from Sinovac will be given to priority groups within the next 3 days. In previous reports, people over 60 years old in high risk areas were included in the first phase of injections.

Prayut will be the first in the country to get injected with the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

“It’s important that Gen Prayut takes the first Covid-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk assessment process by the Department of Disease Control, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post  


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  1. EdwardV

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Lucky for the Prime Minister the AZ showed up unexpectedly. Otherwise he would have been been force to take the Chinese vaccine as the first person jabbed. Funny how those kinds of things happen to those in power.

  2. Graham Walker

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Yeah very lucky, must have had something to do with his lucky amulet ?
    Mind you with such small deliveries of the vaccine it’s going to take an awful long time to get anywhere near the population injected so that things can get back to normal, that of course is if there will be a normal again.

  3. Dreqo

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    It’s the most sought after sterile saline, in history.

    • Rob

      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      What does that mean..?

      • gordon

        Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:39 pm

        I think he believes the vaccine includes a sterilizing agent. Personally, I think it’s far worse than that.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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