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Public Health Minister gets first Covid-19 vaccine shot in Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth

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PHOTO: Facebook/ Anutin Charnvirakul

Thailand’s Covid-19 vaccine campaign started with Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul who was jabbed with China’s Sinovac vaccine. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha was initially planned to be the first to kick off Thailand’s immunisation plan with the AstraZeneca vaccine, but due to problems with paperwork, the prime minister’s injection was postponed. Doctors advised Prayut to get the AstraZeneca vaccine due to his age. Prayut is 66 and doctors say the Sinovac vaccine has been declared safe for people ages 18 to 59.

Both shipments of the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines arrived last week, the AstraZeneca vaccine still needs to be endorsed by the Medical Science Department. Anutin says the pharmaceutical company has not submitted documents and samples needed for the endorsement.

Along with Anutin, a number of other government officials and health professionals were vaccinated against the coronavirus. Anutin’s shot was administered by Thailand’s top virologist Yong Poovorawan.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Kuhn David

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I’d rather see an old poor citizen get the shot as compared to a politician.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    He will soon be awarded the Exalted Order of the Pandemic Prick – second class by PM Prayat.
    When PM Prayat has the vaccination he will award himself the exalted order of the Pandemic Prick first Class.
    Which is only right.

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    EdwardV

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:03 am

    PM Prayat is looking on and thinking: “better you than me”

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    Lewis Tomas

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:01 am

    They should have injected it into his head!

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    James Pate

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:57 am

    Since I’m in Prayut’s age group and not so well connected, I think it’ll be awhile before I get my shot.

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    Keith

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Most countries are prioritizing the most vulnerable, Thailand prioritizes its politicians, just show what they think of the people

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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