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Covid UPDATE Tuesday: 3,226 new infections, 26 deaths

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Thailand’s public health ministry has reported 26 new Covid-related deaths and 3,226 new infections for today. 882 of the new infections were from prisons.

• The Thai government has rescheduled the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccines “16 weeks after the first dose”. This is instead of the previously announced 10 weeks.  But they’re insisting the delay to the second vaccine dose won’t affect the efficacy of the vaccine.

The move came following reports that several hospitals have suspended inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine amid a shortage in Thailand. The public health ministry says its focus now is “giving the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines to as many people as possible”.

A delivery of AZ vaccine doses to Phuket has also been delayed, putting further pressure on the southern province’s plans to re-open on July 1.

We will publish the provincial totals when they become available early this afternoon.

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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