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Thailand orders 63 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines

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The Thai Cabinet has acknowledged that Thailand has ordered 63 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from overseas. Here’s how the vaccines will roll out:

Phase 1

The first shipment of 200,000 doses of vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Thailand in February from China’s pharmaceutical manufacturer Sinovac Biotech.

Medical personnel and other people in the maximum control zones, such as those in Samut Sakhon, Rayong, and Chon Buri, will be the first group to receive the vaccine.

Phase 2

The shipment of 800,000 doses of vaccine will arrive in March. Out of these doses, 200,000 will be offered to the first group for the second injection, while 600,000 doses will be offered to medical personnel, village health volunteers, and other people in the maximum control zones.

Phase 3

A shipment of one million doses will arrive in April. Out of these doses, 600,000 doses will be offered to the second group for the second injection and 400,000 doses to other personnel.

Phase 4

Thailand will obtain a further 26 million doses of vaccine in the middle of this year for various groups of the Thai population.

It had earlier secured these doses through AstraZeneca, which has developed the vaccine in partnership with UK’s Oxford University.

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Additional doses

In addition, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has approved the purchase of another 35 million doses, bringing Thailand’s total order of Covid-19 vaccine to 63 million doses.

All these doses must meet the criteria set by the Food and Drug Administration in Thailand and other countries involved.

Registration

The Department of Disease Control announced that Thai residents can register for the first round Covid-19 vaccination at the end of this month, but no exact date has been released. Frontline healthcare workers as well as those who are in any of the 5 high risk provinces and considered the “most vulnerable” are first priority. The 5 provinces at high risk are Chon Buri, Samut Sakhon, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

Vaccine development

According to AP reports, Thailand signed a joint-venture agreement with AstraZeneca in October 2020 to produce up to 200 million doses of the vaccine in the country but only has been able to secure 26 million doses for itself. Thailand expects those vaccines, which will be produced locally by Siam Bioscience, to be delivered in June. PM Prayut Chan-ocha also said that Thailand is trying to obtain 63 million doses, enough to cover slightly less than half of its population. The cabinet on Tuesday approved a 1.2 billion baht ($39 million) budget for the vaccines, which will be offered at no charge to Thai citizens.

Back in November last year, the government had already said the money would come from its emergency budget of 6 billion baht reserved for the procurement of the vaccine. The budget of which 2.379 billion baht was to be allocated to the National Vaccine Institute for vaccine development and 3.59 billion baht to the Disease Control Department for vaccine procurement and management.

Covid-19 in Thailand

For much of 2020, Thailand had the coronavirus under control. After a strict nationwide lockdown in April and May, the number of new local infections dropped to zero, where they remained for the next six months.

Thailand closed its borders, enforcing mandatory quarantines for its own citizens and the handful of foreigners allowed to visit.

Last Tuesday, the country reported 527 new cases, most of them illegal migrant workers linked to the seafood market outbreak in Samut Sakhon to the west of Bangkok. A day earlier, Thailand counted 745 new cases, an all-time high since the pandemic was first found in the country last January.

Thailand now has 10,547 total confirmed cases with 67 deaths.

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry said it is convinced that the new wave of the Covid-19 infections, which has been raging since last month, is likely to slow down by the end of January 2021.

Migrant amnesty

Thailand has offered illegal migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar an amnesty and will be allowed to work in Thailand for 2 years as part of a government bid to monitor the Covid-19 spread. The Cabinet approved the Ministry of Labour’s proposal to grant the amnesty which also applies to the migrants’ children, as stipulated by the Immigration Act.

To implement the law, the Ministry of Interior issued new orders to the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to prepare registration documents and issue IDs for the migrants.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) to conduct Covid-19 screening tests and health check ups and provide health insurance provisions for migrants.

To receive the amnesty, the migrants must register with the Ministry of Labour and pass all health screening requirements.

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  1. Avatar

    gosport

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    You let illegal migrants be legally working here, while driving out legal tourists out who spend money here. Amazing.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:48 am

      The illegal immigrants are already here and are being given an amnesty.

      The “legal tourists … who spend money here” have ALSO been allowed to stay.

      NOBODY has been “driven out”.

      All that’s “amazing” are some of the comments here.

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        David Mann

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:33 am

        Where did the legal tourists stay when most of the hotels they were staying in closed down? They may not have been forcibly removed from the country, but with hotels closing and constant fears about extensions to visas, most did all they could; including paying extortionate fees for air fares, to get out before they were on the streets and hit with over state fines

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          Issan John

          Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

          If “most” tourists were incapable of simply walking out of a hotel that was closing and walking into any of the many that have stayed open, most offering large discounts, then they deserve little sympathy.

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            Nipral

            Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm

            😂😂😂😂😂😂

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        Nipral

        Friday, January 15, 2021 at 1:43 pm

        …in particular yours !!!😂😂😂😂😂

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      DirtyGerman

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:40 am

      That’s not true. I had to leave Thailand, because the immigration only extended my tourist visa for 7 days and they told me I have to leave the country. 3 days earlier when I went there to ask they said I could extend for 30 days. Then I would have had enough time to wait for the visa amnesty.

      This was in April last year. I could have stayed longer with a letter from the German embassy, but only for 7 more days and all flights were cancelled. So I could choose between taking a repatriation flight back to Germany or overstaying my visa in Thailand without an option to leave the country.

      2 weeks later after there were no flights to any country anymore they announced a visa amnesty.

      Then they tried to get people out by telling them the visa amnesty will run out and people have to leave and then at the last day, or a few days after the amnesty ran out, they extended it. I think they planned this to get the dirty Farangs out of the country.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        Acccording to what you’ve written, you had the option of extending your visa for 30 days but didn’t, and the option of getting a letter from the German embassy but you didn’t do that either, and as far as I can see you apparently just left when your visa ran out when under normal circumstances you would have had to leave anyway.

        Sorry, I’m sure you’d have loved an excuse to stay, but I really can’t see what you’re complaining about – that Thai immigration didn’t let you stay here indefinitely?

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    They always knew there were illegal immigrants working in Thailand, but they ignored the fact because they want the cheap labour.
    Giving them visas is a good idea, however how long will it be before the Thais want the migrants’ jobs?
    Thais will not work these jobs at the moment because the wages are too low, but in a year they might change their minds.
    I also suspect Thais believe they are too superior to work at this jobs.

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      zig

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:57 pm

      Thais have been spoiled..will never stoop to work those jobs unless the wages go up maybe…but that will never happen

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:52 am

        They’re doing jobs Thais don’t want, don’t need, are in the wrong location for, and in many cases don’t have the required skills, training and experience for.

        What’s so hard to understand abou that?

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          Richard

          Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4:12 pm

          Its obvious you know nothing of Issan. They’re plenty of Thais that would be happy to do these jobs if given the opportunity to do so, yet once again you spew off like your some authority on everything. I think I remember you from the thaivisa site spewing the same rhetoric there, is that so…

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            Issan John

            Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:28 pm

            You don’t appear to have read “Thai labour market bounces back despite the pandemic”.

            If “They’re plenty of Thais that would be happy to do these jobs if given the opportunity to do so” then why do you think they don’t?

            Hardly a difficult question, and you don’t need to be an “authority” on anything to work it out …

            The jobs are either ones Thais don’t want as the T&Cs are appalling in comparison to other jobs they can get, earning minimum salary then charged to live in sub-standard conditions, with most working in canning factories or on fishoing boats, or they’re skilled / highly skilled, for example working in glass blowing factories, that are also badly paid considering the time required to become proficient.

            They simply don’t want these jobs, and the incentive isn’t there as unemployment isn’t that bad. Despite the figures of 6 million plus unemployed claimed by some here, plucked out of the sky, there simply aren’t that many unemployed for them to want these jobs badly enough.

            … and, FWIW, apart from when it’s been linked to here recently, I haven’t even looked at ThaiVisa for at least 10 or 15 years, leta lone posted anything there.

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    Eric

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Where and when the foreign residents living in those 5 high risk provinces can register? Are or they not concidered as people?

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      James R

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:01 pm

      Eric

      Go back to your own country and get a safe vaccine, I wouldn’t trust one from China.

      And the answer to your second question is “No’.

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      Changyue

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      The government is allowing private hospitals to procure and charge for vaccinations as reported here earlier in December. Expats money I assume will be accepted. Thais will get theirs free. Talk with private hospital doctors espcially if you have high risk age and health factors. Won’t be cheap

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:04 am

      As reported, VERY CLEARLY, if you’re a resident and in one of the Phase 1 groups, primarily medical personnel, you can do so now.

      Clearly you’re NOT, so however entitled you may think you are to preferential treatment just because you’re a farang you’ll have to wait your turn.

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    Michael

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:21 am

    They buy 63 million doses for 31.5 million people, for a country with 70 million citizens.

    Will there be any chance to get one as a foreigner?

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:42 am

    So Phases 1, 2 and 3 and the “additional” 35 million doses are Chinese, and the 26 million Phase 4 are AstraZeneca / Siam Bioscience?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:21 am

      As Siam Bioscience (who are producing the AstraZeneca vaccine here under licence) is 100% owned by the Crown Property Bureau, it will be interesting to see how sales of the vaccine are allocated.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:14 am

    YES.

    As the government has already announced, very clearly, and has been reported here equally clearly, the vaccines will be available here commercially subject to the vaccines being approved for use in Thailand.

    If you want to jump the queue or get a different vaccine then, as James R said, “go back to your country and get a safe vaccine” but you may not have any more luck jumping the queue there either.

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    Ria

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:09 am

    I really still do not understand why the government has purchased the Chinese vaccine, it is behind my belief that they will invest this amount of money and time for something that is not proven effective.
    Why would you want to risk your people like this ….

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Ria, I agree with you 100%, as I’ve said repeatedly, but the UAE and Bahrain have bought it as well so it can’t just be because it’s cheap.

      So have Egypt, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico and Turkey, and reportedly also Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Malaysia.

      At the same time Fosun Pharma, in Shanghai, is buying 100 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech for China …..

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    harry1

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    200,00 doses ? too little and far to late in coming,they had plenty of time to get things going, perhaps the powers that be will set up a committee to look into the committee overseeing this vaccine operation

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    Wijnschenk

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Just a thought…..
    There is only one!!.
    Organisation that should act NOW.!!

    The Uniteded nations UN.
    They should step up and dofor what it is foundend!! .
    Give free!! Vaccination to all people in the world ! No country no border restriction!!.
    It is very quiet at this front!??
    They have the money and manifest to do this.
    Thay are founded for this??

    Just a thought (dream)

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      Have you heard of Covax?

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