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Thai PM says Covid-19 jab is safe, urges people to get vaccinated

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has assured people the Covid-19 vaccine is safe as he called on citizens to get vaccinated. Nation Thailand reports that the PM was speaking at a vaccination drive taking place at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, in the central province of Nonthaburi.

It’s understood Prayut himself will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, having been deemed too old for China’s Sinovac jab. However, it is unclear when he might be vaccinated, with the delay put down to issues with the AstraZeneca paperwork.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul was the first person in Thailand to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, when he got the Sinovac jab yesterday. It’s understood he has not experienced any adverse reaction. A number of other politicians and prominent medics also got the vaccine, including Opas Karnkawinpong from the Department of Disease Control and the Public Health Deputy Minister Sathit Pitutecha.

The PM says the vaccines are safe and is calling on everyone to get inoculated when the time comes.

“The government and medical personnel have overcome this crisis many times so far. This shows that Thailand can contain the spread of Covid-19 effectively.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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  1. Avatar

    Keith

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:22 am

    other countries prioritize the vulnerable, not Thailand Politicians and bigwigs come before the people

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    Phuket Tony

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:51 am

    An even better idea to save lives of Thai people.. PM should urge people to wear helmets since the amount of deaths in 1 year from Covid is nearly the same as the daily rate form road accidents,..

    don’t drink the juice until you know what’s in it 😉

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    Dr. Moreau

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    I think Praynot is scared to hab the jab?

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    Walter Sinnwell

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Warum gibt die Thairegierung nicht bekannt, dass 1500 Healthdoctors und Professionals, u.a. auch der Thaidoktor Sucharit Bhakdi in einem Schreiben die Regierung und das Koenigshaus aufgefordert haben, alle Restriktionen sofort zu stoppen, da diese Coronashow nur dazu dient den Great Reset einzufuehren. Corona ist ein Hoax! Hier laeuft ein Menschenexperiment, der groesste Genocid aller Zeiten. Bill Gates will 7,5 Milliarden Menschen liquidieren mit Vaccinen, die keine sind, sondern ein Operationsystem fuer die DNA und RNA darstellen, die den Menschen zu einem Cyborg umfunktionieren. Ein Nuernberger Tribunal 2.0 ist in Vorbereitung! Die Taeter werden nicht ungeschoren davon kommen.

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      Pedro

      Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      3 million people around the world have died from Covid, yet you still say it is a hoax. I hope that you never get it, but if you do, remember your post.

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    Hans

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Thailand need to hurry up to vaccinate all the population if they want any tourist to come back. Now the vaccine cost 4000 bath and not many people have that money. The vaccine should be free.
    The tiger write last week that we from Scandinavia want to come. That’s true but only if people in Thailand are vaccinated.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    WTF are you talking about, Hans? 😮

    The vaccine does NOT “cost 4000 bath” here!

    The vaccine IS “free” here!

    The problem isn’t the cost of the vaccines here or that there’s a reluctance to be vaccinated, it’s simply that so far there have been no vaccines available here, until Anutin’s dose yesterday, and there’s very little sign of the millions required being delivered.

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      Mike Froment

      Monday, March 1, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      So if it’s safe why did he not have the jab yesterday something smells fishing and no I’m not a anteater.

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    LondonAl

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    The Sinovac vaccine is safe and effective unless you’re over 60, or at least that might be the case because they don’t actually know, if you’re 60 next week it works, if you were 60 last week it doesn’t.

    Yet another example of the complete lack of common sense during this crisis.

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      BangkokBen

      Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 1:03 am

      If you are under 60, you don’t need to worry about Covid nearly as much anyway.

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    David

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    1. on, moderna page, it says, mRna vaccines, is a
    program, app, operating system as a computer.
    see at, mRna technology, then, our mRna platform, after title 2
    and 4. at 4, it says, evading /bypass , the immune system
    _
    to say, this vaccine is safe,
    by testing a new kind of vaccine for some months,
    can not be correct. many people say this,
    at governmentS, news etc, in the world.
    __
    2. merck, stopped to produce that vaccine.
    pficer ex vice president says, vaccine not safe.
    astra zeneca says, our vaccine is not for older people.
    _
    what a great vaccine, so safe, i love it, and i really want it now. 🙂
    __
    3. so nothing has changed, can never trust the experts.
    or why they not say, in over 1 year already,
    “it is a different vaccine, not the same as usually.” ?
    sorry to ask that (3), it is as,
    “why on tv you not hear, more co2 is even better. ?” 🙂
    __
    4. i give everyone a chance, how someone, would convince me,
    vaccine is safe ? i am an open-minded adult 🙂
    but i not really expect answers, factS are here already.
    _
    but of course, not all vaccine producer make an mRna vaccine.
    ask blackrock, vanguard and fidelity, about that.
    becauce, pfizer, biontech, moderna, johnson & johnson, merck, etc.
    are so undepending to each other. 🙂

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      Pedro

      Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:46 pm

      I have had the AZ, as have millions of people in the UK. No side effects, but a lot of protection. No brainer.

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    Issan John

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    He very probably didn’t have the jab yesterday because, as was reported a while ago but for some reason not recently, vaccines are approved here subject to each manufacturer being approved separately.

    AFAIK only AZ vaccines produced in the EU were approved, possibly also those produced in India, but not yet those from AZ in S Korea where these apparently came from.

    Very probably just a really badly handled PR mess up.

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    Sima

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Wise words from Mr.Prayut, the General, the Philantropist and the Virologist..it’s great to have a premier who knows everything and in whom we all place our complete and total trust.

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    Bangkok Ben

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 12:58 am

    If the SINOVAC vaccine cannot be given to those over 65, then what good is it? Those are the people who need it the most.

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 6:13 am

    My 71 year-old sister in Texas got it. She’s ok now. In her words: “Imagine the worst flu you ever had, multiply it by 1000, with a 2-week duration; in bed the whole time and needed assistance to walk to the bathroom.” The doctor prescribed Tylenol and she stayed home the whole time. Fortunately, her husband, who cared for her, never tested positive. So happy she’s well now. Obviously, it could’ve been much worse. She will be vaccinated soon. I’ll gladly take my shot when it’s my turn. Covid is no hoax. Ok, she didn’t die, but who wants 2 weeks of hell?

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    Ian

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Sima, I was hoping for a /s at the end of that

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The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand are being asked to investigate the latest Covid-19 outbreak, noting in a Facebook post that the second wave was also linked to illegal activities, spreading through illegal migrants and other visiting gambling dens. This third wave is also angering those who see the wealthy elite and powerful politicians frequenting high-end bars and not following Covid-19 safety protocols.

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