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Health Ministry says 2 million vaccine doses to be administered by April

Maya Taylor

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Thailand’s Health Ministry says it hopes to have vaccinated over 960,000 people across 10 provinces come April. The Bangkok Post reports that Sopon Mekthon from the government’s Covid-19 vaccine task force says the initial rollout will target high-risk groups, such as those over the age of 60, those with underlying conditions, as well as frontline healthcare workers and disease control officials.

He says initial vaccine supplies will be limited, but it’s hoped there will be a lot more available for the second phase of the national rollout, in order to start building herd immunity and to allow the country to return to normal. The second phase will target healthcare staff not classed as frontline workers, employees in the tourism and industry sectors, and the general public.

The latest announcement from the Health Ministry comes amid growing criticism of how long it is taking to roll out a vaccine programme. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has hit backat critics, saying Thailand shouldn’t be compared to other countries currently rolling out vaccines, given the Kingdom’s success at controlling the virus.

Thailand is expected to take delivery of 2 million doses of the vaccine this month, most of which will be rolled out to the above categories of people in 10 provinces classed as strict and maximum control zones, and areas where virus cases are still on the rise. Some doses will also be administered in provinces bordering the high-risk ones.

In each of the 10 provinces, those who will be first in line to receive dose number 1 of the jab are healthcare workers, disease control officials who may come into contact with Covid patients, those with underlying health conditions, those over the age of 60, the migrant worker population, and other members of the general public.

According to the Bangkok Post report, the 10 provinces first in line for vaccination are primarily in central and eastern Thailand, with the exception of Tak, in the lower-north, which borders Myanmar.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    EdwardV

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

    The second phase will target employees in tourism among others. Wow there is only one reason to do that …

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Actually … “The second phase will target healthcare staff not classed as frontline workers, employees in the tourism and industry sectors, and the general public.”, Ed V.

    … so quite a few possible reasons … 🙂

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      Nipral

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

      You like your emojis old man, don’t you ? It does not make your comments any smarter.

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        Issan John

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:56 am

        Agreed, Nipral, but it adds colour 🙂

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    Glenn

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Thai Population = 69,900,000
    Total ‘cases’ for past year = 24,104
    Percentage = 0.034% (that’s 3/100th of 1 percent)
    Total deaths with CV for past year = 80
    Percentage = 0.0001% (that’s 1/10,000th of 1 percent)

    Why is a mass vax needed? and is this a vaccine or is it an experimental mRNA altering substance? They are NOT the same.

    Will this jab prevent catching or transmitting CV? Waiting for answers CCSA

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      Nipral

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

      You are right ! But try to make it understand by a corrupt military sort of government !

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      Issan John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:52 am

      “Why is a mass vax needed?”

      Well … maybe so the measures that have led to those unusually good “0.034” and “0.0001” percentages can be dispensed with and tourists return, bars open, schools educate, people marry, factories produce, etc, etc without interruption.

      Just a thought 🙂

      “and is this a vaccine or is it an experimental mRNA altering substance? They are NOT the same.”

      Well … ummm … correct, definitely “NOT the same”, just as a giraffe is “NOT the same” as a mammal, nevertheless both can apply and be correct.

      “Will this jab prevent catching or transmitting CV? Waiting for answers CCSA”

      Have you asked CCSA? Maybe they’re not reading this article’s comments section.

      Just a thought 🙂

      Alternatively you could do a little research yourself, and you may get a reasonable idea … or in your case, maybe you wouldn’t.

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      James Heikkinen

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      How many have been tested? Do all sick people go to the hospital? Of course Thailand is well-know for transparency.

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    Issan John

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    “Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has hit back at critics, saying Thailand shouldn’t be compared to other countries currently rolling out vaccines, given the Kingdom’s success at controlling the virus.”

    That’s rather like Boris Johnson or Donald Trump saying that their record on handling the Covid crisis shouldn’t be compared to other countries given their countries’ success at vaccine roll outs.

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      James R

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Issan John

      Well you as you state above not comparing like for like re Giraffe and mamal is not the way to do it but you have re the number of cases in Thailand and the UK etc.

      We know the figures in the West are accurate, we count and track them, thailand has not taken any special measures over the UK, all shops have remained open, people still go to work and are not working from home, as have bars and restaurants, the difference is you do not know how many cases you have had or have as you do not test.

      And if you did test do you think the government there would be honest with you re the numbers as they were with the general election a few years ago?

      Please don’t say yes as that would really ruin your credibility.

      PS, I have added a 😆 just to annoy Nipral.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    What’s this rumour I have read, apparently Thais will be vaccinated in the arm, foreigners in their bums.
    The rumour is that Thais have always treated foreigners with contempt so why should a little pandemic change Thai attitude.
    Is that right John?

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    “LOOK Mummy! There’s a pig flying up in the sky!!”

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      I am trying to encourage I John to post a response, BUT I think he detects a trap . . .

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

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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.”

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4 top tourist destinations to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

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The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration says 4 of Thailand’s major tourism destinations are to be prioritised in the distribution of vaccines. They are Phuket, Chon Buri, Chiang Mai and Surat Thani. In addition, a further 9 provinces with significant infection numbers are being prioritised in the rollout of the first vaccine doses arriving in the Kingdom today.

Taweesin Visanuyothin from the CCSA says 70,000 doses will go to the hard-hit “highest control” area of Samut Sakhon, where Thailand’s second outbreak began late last year. 8,000 doses are being set aside for medical officials in the central province, along with 6,000 for frontline healthcare workers, 46,000 doses for seriously ill patients, and 10,000 doses for migrant workers and local residents.

Another 105,000 doses will be distributed to similar groups in Bangkok, in the central provinces of Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Songkram and Samut Prakan, and in the western province of Ratchaburi and the Mae Sot district of Tak.

The Pattaya News reports that 14,700 doses will be sent to 4 major tourist destinations, with 4,700 going to the eastern province of Chon Buri, 4,000 to the southern island of Phuket, 3,500 to the northern province of Chiang Mai, and 2,500 going to the island of Samui in the southern province of Surat Thani.

In the case of the vaccines going to tourism spots, it is not yet known which groups will be vaccinated first, with that decision being left to the Provincial Communicable Disease Committee and other related authorities.

Meanwhile, the CCSA says other plans for the 4 tourism destinations are being considered, including the possibility of “area quarantine”, which would allow vaccinated foreign arrivals to remain within certain boundaries during their quarantine period. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has been pushing for a vaccine passport policy for vaccinated visitors, while PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the government may consider lifting quarantine restrictions for vaccinated tourists.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Health Minister says PM will get AstraZeneca vaccine, too old for Sinovac

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially first in line for China’s Sinovac vaccine, which just arrived in Thailand today, but Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul now says the the prime minister will be getting the AstraZeneca vaccine. Apparently, 66 year old Prayut is too old to get the Chinese-made vaccine.

“It’s important that General Prayut take the first Covid-19 vaccine shot because he is the country’s leader. There will naturally be a risk-assessment process by the Disease Control Department, which is an internationally accepted standard procedure. But it’s not discrimination.”

Prayut had been expected to take the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, but it has only been tested on people in the 18 – 59 age group. The vaccine’s efficacy and safety have not been tested in those over 60. Anutin says Prayut is too old and will instead be inoculated with the AstraZeneca jab.

“Prayut will receive the vaccine with no age restrictions – AstraZeneca. The director of the National Vaccine Institute has procured them. The date has not been set yet for the shot, but the prime minister will be able to perform his duty normally after taking it.”

According to a Bangkok Post report, Anutin confirmed yesterday that 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the Kingdom today, alongside an unknown number of Sinovac doses. It had been thought that only the Chinese vaccine was on its way.

Anutin says the dosage intervals for the Sinovac vaccine are 14 – 28 days and 6 weeks for AstraZeneca. It’s understood inoculation will be carried out at medical facilities, with recipients having to wait 30 minutes to ensure there are no adverse side-effects.

Siam Bioscience has signed a technology transfer agreement with AstraZeneca to produce the vaccine locally. 26 million doses are expected to be available between June and August, with a further 35 million made available between September and December.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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