Thai PM says a Covid-19 vaccine should be available for everyone

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Roll up your sleeve, the Thai PM says everyone should be able to receive a Covid-19, if and when it is finally tested and approved for use. Yesterday was the 2020 United Nations Day when PM Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the vaccine should be treated as “global public goods” and be “equally accessed by everyone around the globe”.

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

“The country has exchanged experiences and shares good practices with other countries, especially on sustainable development based on Thailand’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and universal healthcare scheme, which has been praised by other countries as helping lead the way in equitable access to health care.”

5 days ago, the Public Health Minster Anutin Charnvirakul said that 50% of the population in Thailand will be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine once it’s released. Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are conducting trails of the new vaccine. Thailand is planned to be the Southeast Asia production site for the new vaccine, once it is fully tested and ready for public use.

“The vaccine will be first used on Thai nationals who are in their mid-60s and then the ministry will work to make sure at least 50% of the population is injected with the vaccine.”

The ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Supakit Sirilak says about 65 million doses will be needed for Thailand, adding that 40% will be reserved with COVAX, 40% will go to AstraZeneca and 20% will go to other sources.

Participating in yesterday’s celebrations for the UN’s anniversary the Thai PM said that Thailand will continue to share its knowledge and experiences with Covid-19.

“Thailand strives to expand cooperation with the global community and promote its role in achieving the founding pillars of the UN system… these include peace, security, human rights and development.”

“Thailand, a United Nations member state, adheres to multilateralism and supports UN endeavours.”

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