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A banned politician, who criticised the government’s Covid-19 vaccine plan, is claiming the government is silencing him (again) by invoking the Lese Majeste law against him. The alleged defamation case concerns his questioning of using one of the king’s companies as part of the Covid-19 vaccine strategy that he says will slow down the process of inoculations.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit accused the government of PM Prayut of relying too much on Siam Bioscience to help in the vaccine plan, and pointed out that it is owned by the Crown Property Bureau, the organisation that manages billions of dollars in investment under the king’s personal control.

Siam Bioscience agreed to manufacture AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and supply it domestically and across Southeast Asia. but Thanathorn says the deal “lacked transparency” and it was given an unfair advantage over other companies after the government ordered 61 million doses of the vaccine.

He says the government is slowing down the process by relying on just 1 company and points to other countries as they are already starting to inoculate residents. Both AstraZeneca and Siam Bioscience have not commented on his allegations, while the government has filed a complaint against Thanathorn citing the royal insult law under article 112 of the criminal code that can send law-breakers to prison for up to 15 years.

“The deals were not negotiated independently of each other. There was no selection process or comparison so questions must be raised.”

But a government spokeswoman, Ratchada Dhanadirek, maintains the filing of the criminal complaint was not politically motivated. Last year, Thanathorn was banned from politics for 10 years after a court dissolved his Future Forward Party for illegal loans, charges which were upheld by the Constitutional Court.

Meanwhile, others are criticising the government’s announcement to allow local municipalities to pay for vaccines as they say it coincides with upcoming elections. They point out that the government should pay for the vaccinations, especially in Bangkok, as they say the government has the funds to do so.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Gosport

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Show your followers your own three fingers

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    Hitchhiker

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    From what I’ve read on the Khaosod site the contract awarded to Siam Bioscience is for just 2 million doses. Hardly enough to vaccinate the whole population. Also, since protection requires two vaccinations a month apart it means only one million will benefit.

    No doubt the Poor will be left to fend for themselves while the Thai elite can languish in their villas and palaces in the knowledge that they’ll be protected from this deadly disease for the foreseeable future.

    Pretty disgusting whichever way you look at it.

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      Issan John

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      Wrong, completely wrong.

      The only “2 million doses” confirmed is from SinoVac, in China.

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      zig

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Im not 100% sure but I thought the AZ was a one shot deal

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    zig

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Im not 100% sure but I thought the AZ was a one shot deal

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      No. There’s an initial purchase direct from AZ, imported, then production here by Siam BioScience.

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    Ian

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Does it matter zig the poor will have to suffer or 1 million or 5 million along with IJ even .uk vaccinating quicker than they can get the vaccines ,Yorkshire has been told to slow down as we ate going to fast lol and the scary thing coming out today is that the 2nd vaccine should be given within 3 weeks not 12 as people catchi g it again and being sent back to hospital and a few are still dieing but this could be that they are old it’s all sketchy at the moment so maybe there’s no miracle cure for the old ,take care issan john in your adopted land of the free and free speech not

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      The “scary thing” hasn’t come out “today” but it came out as soon as the politicians in the UK decided they knew better than the vaccine manufacturers, who told them very clearly that the vaccine wasn’t effective enough to rely on one dose for three months.

      What’s “scary”, though, is that while the manufacturers said it was only 52% effective after 14 days, with the second dose needed a week later, and the politicians guessed it would be 89% effective but the figures in Israel comparing 200,000 vaccinated with 200,000 unvaccinated (so the only real mass trial so far) show beyond any doubt that it’s only 33% effective after 14 days.

      That’s THIRTY THREE PER CENT EFFECTIVE ….. so SIXTY SEVEN PERCENT COMPLETELY USELESS!!!

      That’d be fine, or at least workable, if it was only for three weeks … but for three MONTHS ???

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        kenny

        Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:42 pm

        you are do full of shit issan John ! get a life !!

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    Social Observer

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 10:10 am

    The Lese Majeste law is simply a legal tool to get rid of people the government doesn’t like.

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      Issan John

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      As is now being made very clear, which may well have been what some people were trying to prove.

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    Andre

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:28 am

    Christ – maybe not politically motivated but it clearly shows that he is correct. I think we all know exactly how the deal went down – just as any other deals done by the current government.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    They are really stretching a ban on this justification, but it has become the government ace in the pack.
    If they cannot stop them any other way, quote this corrupt excuse.

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    Roger

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Sorry I think we are all doomed

    Thailand has no hope

    Only good from that is the rich and corrupt will be doomed as well

    Good Luck Thailand

    I think time to forget about I will ever see my wife again in this life

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