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Thai PM promises free Covid vaccine for half the population in initial rollout

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has repeated his pledge to vaccinate half the population for free in 2021. Thailand will take delivery of its first supply of China’s Covid-19 vaccine by the end of next month, with an initial 200,000 doses of the Sinovac jab reserved. First in line will be healthcare workers and elderly people considered high risk.

Following the initial delivery, a further 800,000 doses are expected to arrive in March, and another 1 million doses in April. The government has also reserved 26 million doses of the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca, in partnership with Oxford University in the UK.

It is currently in advanced talks to procure an additional 35 million doses and has signed a technology transfer agreement with the firm to allow for local production in the Kingdom. Thai manufacturers, Siam Bioscience, hope to produce 200 million doses a year. Going forward, the PM says he wants to assure Thais of the availability of locally-produced, cost-effective vaccines.

The PM has once again brought up the vision of Thailand as a mecca for all things medical, referring to researchers at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, who are also working on a Covid-19 vaccine.

“In a crisis, there are always opportunities. And in the Covid-19 crisis, we can turn Thailand into a medical hub.”

Meanwhile, the Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, say the private sector is free to import its own vaccines, provided they have been approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Go for it guys, if I should still be here when the rollout starts I will keep watching for potential side effects.

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    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Still no news of where the additional 35 million doses are from?

    If to to be produced by Siam Bioscience following a new technology transfer agreement, though, that suggests not Astra Zeneca with whom they already have a technology transfer agreement.

    That seems to suggest, in turn, that Siam Bioscience will be producing two different Covid vaccines, as a result of two different technology transfer agreements.

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      Richard

      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      You can keep the China version

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    Ipissonjohn

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Hurry hurry get the vaccine there isn’t enough of. Be sure to get in line early to get yours. Oh man what a joke.

    The artificial scarcity game. Don’t need to make it mandatory when you simply make it artificially scarce. People will line up and complain how “these idiots” didn’t plan this very well.

    Check out Corbett report on YT “propaganda watch”

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    Ipissonjohn

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    You still pay for it through taxes. Nothing is free. And this is how deep the corruption goes. They take your money and give it to big pharma without your consent. Virus scares and vaccines that enrich big pharma is nothing new. This game has been played on us many times before with the flu. And so with 66 supposed covid deaths…. i can’t see the threat that suggests we need to take an untested, rushed vaccine, for a virus that is statistically skewed towards killing those over 65 and others with multiple comorbidities

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    luca

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    it seems that the mother China is ready to give her vaccine to the Thai children, I’m not sure the children will appreciate her product tested only by the dictatorship apparatus, I think the Thai vaccination campaign will be very slow but I hope it can reopen at tourism in 2022, probably by that time it will be again convenient to take holidays in Thailand

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    Roger

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Half the Thai population is about 70,000,000 vaccines (Need 2 jabs)
    The figures are so far out ..poor poor will never have a hope (promises not worth puppy poo)
    I don’t think this will ever happen and never for free
    Australia has only 25,000,000 people by march we will have 200,000,000 Vaccines and more ordered …..WE do not even have a Rich King…lol
    Taxes Thailand ..really been to Thailand 7 times never met anyone who pays taxes ??

    Oh I am thinking income tax like other countries silly me

    Good Luck Thailand

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:24 am

      Yes indeed … silly you.

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    TS

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    stuff the china vaccine up pcoc’s a. him and his elite cronies will be getting the non chinese jabs

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