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Thai army medic accused of injecting troops with fake Covid-19 vaccine during UN mission



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UPDATE: Recent reports say the medic’s license has not been revoked, but the Medical Council is considering revoking his doctor’s license. The Bangkok Military Court has also issued a warrant for the medic’s arrest. 

A medic for the Royal Thai Army was dismissed and his medical license revoked after injecting troops with fake Covid-19 vaccines during a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. The “vaccine” was actually just water. The medic, who is also a lieutenant, apparently injected 273 Thai troops with the water shot and charged 607 baht, or around $20 USD, per injection.

A soldier noticed the bottles the medic was using for the injections were unlabelled. A superior then launched an internal investigation and found that the bottles were just filled with water. Under the UN’s orders, the medic was dismissed and sent back to Thailand. His medical license was also revoked.

Thai media first reported the news, saying that a Thai army doctor at a South Sudan field hospital was suspended from duty due to an investigation into alleged fraud. The medic reportedly worked at the hospital from December 2019 to December 2020.

Following the news report, Thai Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat confirmed that a medic had been injecting troops with water and claiming it was a Covid-19 vaccine.

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Nation Thailand


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  1. Ian

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Probably got idea from Thai government idiots

  2. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    “Dismissed”? WTF?

    Not charged and Court Martialled? ?

  3. Jim kelly

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    This is exactly why the enthusiasm for any sort of vaccine is so lukewarm with the general populous! This does zero to instill any kind of confidence. Like I have always maintained, there’s no NO WAY am I HAVING ANY KIND OF COVID VACCINE BECAUSE I FIRMLY BELIEVE THERE’S NO RISK TO ME!! My civil liberty to make this decision.

  4. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    What does anyone expect of these people?
    Give them any opportunity and they will cheat and lie for profit.
    Forget the morality of the case. These peasants have no morality.

  5. James Pate

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:16 am

    I just find it just about incomprehensible that someone would risk their professional career and reputation for a mere 165,711 baht! Why, just why?

  6. funny coz its true

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Standard Thai behavior, can’t trust them as far as you can spit

  7. Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Splendid, Jim K – don’t have a vaccine. As you rightly say, your “civil liberty”.

    Just accept that it’s also others’ civil liberty not to let you in to their country if you’re not vaccinated, not to let you on a plane, and not to give you a job.

    You wouldn’t want to deprive anyone else of their civil liberties, would you?

  8. Jason

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    I agree IJ. If anitvaxers don’t want to take vaccines, it’s their right! If they get the virus and die, that’s their fate too. (It’s also my right to avoid such people) If they manage to avoid getting the virus, good luck to them. If not, I wonder wether they will take the vaccine when they’ve been intubated and are fighting to breathe, alone in an ED bed with no family or friends to be there. Does it mean we should have “Do not resuscitate” documents signed by those who refuse a vaccine?

  9. Andrew

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Vaccinate the government and the army with it.

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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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