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PM vows action against ‘not factual’ information on vaccine plan



PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will order legal action against anyone who “distorts information” about the government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan after the banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit had raised the topic of “Royal Vaccine: Who Benefits and Who Doesn’t?” on his Facebook Live feed on Monday.

On the Facebook Live, Thanathorn criticised the government’s vaccine procurement and production, commenting that the government is too slow in securing sufficient inoculations.

“Thailand pinned its hopes only on AstraZeneca which allowed local pharmaceutical manufacturer, Siam Bioscience, to produce its vaccine. The government had not held talks with other countries until Jan 3 when it announced it will buy 2 million doses of vaccines from Sinovac which is a very small quantity… enough for only 1.5% of the population.”

Siam Bioscience is a royally-sponsored company that has partnered AstraZeneca to produce the vaccines for Thailand and other countries in the region.

According to Dr Nakorn Premsiri, director of the National Vaccine Institute, Siam Bioscience invited the British-Swedish pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca to visit its plant to see whether it met the criteria required to produce the vaccine at a minimum of 200 million doses per year. The government approved 600 million baht to improve the plant’s facilities to produce the Covid-19 vaccine according to the requirements of AstraZeneca.

Responding to Thanathorn’s comment, the PM says he will order prosecution for anything “that is distorted and not factual” that gets published, whether in media or on social media and that he has to protect the government’s credibility from those who are “irresponsible” with their remarks.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post 


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  1. B.T.

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:07 am

    He still acting like Mr. Dictator.As History can supply lots of informations about such creatures.Did you see anyone who was positive person or achieved anything positive?

    • Ynwaps

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:49 am

      History has more data and allows us to look at things more objectively in theory but the result is yet another distortion of truth.

  2. Rick

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    As usual, the question is “Who decides what is factual?”.

  3. Mister Stretch

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Perhaps that girl in front of IconSiam was right.

    I can’t say I’m enthused by the Chinese vaccination, with it’s near 50% effectiveness, though.

    Waste of money.

  4. Jonny

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    sadly Thailand will proberly never again become a demokrati, but the hub of prisons due to the juntas idea of justice

  5. Kant

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Khun Thanathorn should be praising Prime Minister Prayut for his commendable approach on vaccine safety.

    With all the unknowns about the newly developed vaccines, waiting and seeing the results from other nations on its effectiveness is a prudent measure. Is the death toll from those stricken with the virus that outrageous that we need to inoculate an unsuspecting population with a potentially dangerous health risk? Do the math, no one dying from this virus. The only thing dying is the credibility of those that profit from its administration.

  6. Pedro

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Punish, punish, punish, that is all I ever seem to read from those in charge of Thailand these days. The words and actions of a Dictator as opposed to a democratic representative of the people. A Dictator says ‘You go’. A Leader says ‘Let’s go’. Leadership is about providing the environment where others will willingly follow. This PM is not a leader, as all he seems to do is to tell others, ‘Do as I say or I will punish you’. That is OK for the Army but not in civilian life. Educate your people into accepting your words Mr PM, not threaten them.

  7. Crispy

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    If the population isnt given a credible vaccination program taking the country through to herd immunity by the Fall, there will be long marches on the capital by the impoverished and unemployed.

    It’s all about the economy. If it isnt sorted, it will see two million people in the streets.

    It is really important to a) keep the businesses up and not let the structure collapse, b) vaccinate rhe people c) upgrade the tourism offering to compete with new rivals in S E Asia.

    Tourism is one of three legs to the economy. There is manufacturing too – and the suggestion to position for the electric vehicle is brilliant. The third is oil and gas and Thailand could lead the transition to renewables if it wanted to.

    The military are totally excellent at planning and follow-through, but they need goals, goals as set by a people’s government.

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