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PM Prayut pushes vaccine priority for the national agenda

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: PM Prayut received the vaccine without side effects and has set it as a top priority on the national agenda. (via Thai Government Public Relations Department)

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha asked the Thai cabinet to make the Covid-19 vaccine part of the national agenda in order to make it Thailand’s top priority. He urged Thai people through a Facebook post to get vaccinated and not hesitate. The PM reminded people that getting everyone vaccinated to the point of herd immunity is the only way to end the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. He also reassured people that all vaccines administered in Thailand are tested and approved by the Ministry of Public Health, and are safe.

Thailand is set to receive 100 million vaccines by the end of 2021 and plans are on the agenda to secure another 50 million jabs. The goal is to develop herd immunity to cripple Covid-19’s rapid spread by vaccinating 50 million Thai people. Domestic vaccine production is scheduled to manufacture a minimum of 61 million AstraZeneca vaccines with Siam Bioscience authorised to produce the jabs in Thailand. The company has a technological transfer agreement with AstraZeneca and hopes that it can ramp up production to be the hub of AstraZeneca’s distribution within Southeast Asia.

PM Prayut stressed the safety of the jabs after a few high-profile negative side effects have spread fear throughout the Thai population, slowing down his vaccine agenda. He asserted that all cabinet ministers had already received Covid-19 jabs and didn’t experience any side effects, with the PM himself having been filmed and photographed receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

He reassured that side effects are generally minor and safer than Covid-19 itself and that severe or fatal side effects are exceedingly rare. Health systems are in place as part of the vaccine agenda to observe and treat anyone that experiences negative reactions after being vaccinated. Millions of people worldwide have been vaccinated already with very few negative effects. And even the vaccines that are less effective against Covid-19 completely have been proven to be extremely effective in reducing the severity of the virus, thus preventing hospitalisation and saving lives.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World


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    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:21 am

    What was his priority before? Imprisoning protesters? ?

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    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:27 am

    The vaccine agenda has been slow because of fear in the community 555.

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    Ian v5.00121

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:39 am

    So not because there were no vaccines then? how does he do such mental gymnastics. This place is a joke, so glad it’s literally just a backdrop for me and it’s not my business

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:01 am

    What is wrong with this despotic dictator? He should not ASK the citizens to have the vaccine, he should insist on it!
    Our lovely cuddly Cambodian dictator, Hun Sen, has ordered all public paid employees to be vaccinated or be fired. That includes the police and the army.
    All new applicants for public paid jobs must have been vaccinated or they will not have the job.
    Idi Armin did not do much asking. Now, there was a dictator . . .

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    “…And even the vaccines that are less effective against Covid-19 completely have been proven to be extremely effective in reducing the severity of the virus, …”

    Surely by definition any vaccine which is “less effective” can’t be “extremely effective”?

    What would that make vaccines which are more effective? Very extremely effective???

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    Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

    @Simon Small – “Severity” is the key word. One vaccine may have 50% efficacy against mild symptoms of a particular Covid strain while another might have 95%, however both may have 100% efficacy against death. So while one has 10x more effectiveness against mild symptoms, both are equally effective at reducing death.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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