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Korea to donate 470,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Thailand

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FILE PHOTO: South Korea donates 470,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines to Thailand.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency announced that it will donate nearly 1.6 million AstraZeneca vaccines combined to Thailand and Vietnam. The agency announced yesterday that South Korea will donate 470,000 vaccines to Thailand and 1.1 million vaccines to Vietnam.

Korea is now managed to vaccinate nearly 80% of its population, about 41.6 million of its 52 million citizens. As such, it is now donating extra vaccines to some neighbours to help the global vaccination efforts.

Yesterday after the announcement from the KDCPA, the Thai Cabinet formally acknowledged the AstraZeneca vaccine donation from South Korea, hopefully avoiding delays like the US Pfizer donation debacle. A deputy spokesperson for the government said, like the 1 million vaccine donation stalled from the US, the Cabinet tasked Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul with the paperwork and signing the donation agreement.

There is no confirmed date on when the 470 AstraZeneca vaccines donated by South Korea will be delivered in Thailand yet. But the spokesperson did say that South Korean nationals that are living in Thailand will get first priority on the donated vaccines, something the French, Swiss, and Chinese governments were also able to do with vaccine donations, but Americans and Australians living in Thailand were frustrated earlier this year as their government claimed it was not possible to earmark donated vaccines for their expat citizens.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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