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PM Prayut postponing Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues



Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is postponing his inaugural Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment. According to Khaosod English, the vaccine shipment was sent to Thailand last Wednesday from South Korea, but was missing the additional required paperwork.

Prayut was supposed to receive the vaccine tomorrow, but the highly‐publicised event will not be happening. According to Khaosod English, an official at the Secretariat of the Prime Minister has also confirmed the news of the postponement without citing a reason.

Although the Sinovac vaccine is also being administered in Thailand, healthcare officials say Prayut is too old to receive it as its age limit is 60. Prayut is 66 years old, which is well over the oldest age that can receive the vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccine drive is set to commence on Monday, 2 weeks behind schedule. Those frontline health workers, hospitality workers and vulnerable groups will receive the vaccines first.

Meanwhile, Phuket is waiting for the green light to start administering vaccines and has already held a vaccine administration rehearsal overseen by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

The government pandemic center reported 72 new confirmed infections on Friday, after first only reporting 45 new cases. 37 of those cases were locally-transmitted, and one 6 year old Thai girl returning from the UK was found to have tested positive for the virus. Samut Sakhon, again, reported over half of the new cases yesterday, as it remains the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The total virus tally in Thailand sits at 25,764, with 83 fatalities. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has not yet announced the amount of new cases for today.

There is no word yet on when PM Prayut will be rescheduled to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

SOURCE: Khaosod English


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  1. Jim Kelly

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Like I have always maintained, the corona virus is nothing more than a “tool” for the rich and powerful to regain control of the planet’s population!!! NOTHING MORE!!!!

  2. Stardust

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    In Singapore they started the roll out with Pfizer and Moderna. These got the approval from the Singapore institutes after apply and approval starting in december. Sinovac has no approval and Singapore is wondering why China made a shipment to Singapore before a aprival and also wothout suffient datas for a apply. They will sent it back. In Thailamd they made a approval in 3 days? Sure sure. Not wondering why pfizer and moderna woth aproved trials and data disclosured needed again 3 month approval in Singapore til the roll out. Til today there is no suffient datas or data disclosure from Sinovac and everybody waiting. Which liable and serious doctor and scientist would give on that condition green light?!

  3. Slugger

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Someone’s got paranoia badly.

  4. Jim Kelly

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    The longer all this is delayed will mean the Thai economy will free fall into the abyss without a parachute to save it! All the discussions about tourism recovery and sales recovery are totally meaningless! More interesting would be the stats for bankruptcy, defaults, repossessions and suicides!!

  5. Alexandra

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    The vaccine is being held up because of paper work? WTF? They could have easily waivered the silly paperwork just to start the vaccination asap. But there is something else going on. Some one didn’t get the money deposited to their secret account yet, therefore it’s being held.

  6. disgusted `

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Well there is a surprise….not.
    The ;longer that this is allowed to go untreated the longer it will be before Thailand can open up again so all the people will suffer longer because these people in charge can’t pull their heads out of their backsides and do what is right.
    Thailand is always the last to do anything, maybe it is because they just want to make money from it as they never tell you how much they are going to rip you off for the vaccine and always that it will be soon.

  7. Glenn

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    The Astrazenica vax (gene therapy) “delivers genetic instructions to human cells to make the spike protein jutting out from the new coronavirus’s surface”.

    A nice way of saying it is a variant of gene manipulation ‘similar’ to others without admitting directly that it modifies the human genome.

    Maybe Uncle read up on this stuff and decided not to be the national guinea pig / human test subject.

    NOBODY needs a vax for a flu that has a worldwide fatality rate of 0.032% and 0.0001% in Thailand.

  8. PaulC

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Well if he not want it then I will have it!!!

  9. Slugger

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Hope you’re a happy vegetable when the virus catches up with you.

  10. Jesus Monroe

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Does he know something about them vaccines that the people don’t?

  11. Stardust

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    @slugger I think you never see a school from inside or you are a empty head. How you want to make a approval for any medicine or vaccine without suffient datas or disclosure of dates. You are not only a troll you are a stupid troll! By the way this was the normal process for pfizer, biontech and other vaccines!

  12. Robert Bunker

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Rapidly degenerating into a Carry On film without the laughs.

  13. Geoff

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Judging by some of the comments here – somebody’s left that door open again!

  14. Geoff

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    To coin a phrase – “it’s a virus Jim, but not as we know it”.

  15. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Great organisation Thailand.
    You finally have the vaccines but you do not use them.
    What happened, did some go missing en route, and you are having a recount?

  16. luca

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    the italian drug authority has approved the astra zeneca vaccine for people aged 18 to 65, the chinese vaccine has not been approved by any regulatory authority of democratic countries, only dictatorships are using it and of course there is no data trustworthy audiences, I think the dictator of Thailand who is over 65 would like to take a Pfizer or Moderna shot and is making this skit to do it in secret

  17. Gosport

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    That is great, correct procedures must be followed for the safety of people.

    Well done

  18. Nipral

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm


  19. Ian

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    What a shambles you seriously couldn’t make up this stuff each day it’s like one big comedy day after day but the poor Thai people are crying not laughing

  20. James Pate

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    They could’ve handled this much better by giving Prayut a shot of anything for the camera as scheduled and then just give him the real one later when the paperwork is sorted.(If that’s the real reason for the delay.)

  21. James R

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I have had my fist vaccine in the UK, my son had his six weeks ago as a medical worker as did my wife.

    We are all ok, no problems.

    Perhaps there was no vaccine as usual delivered to Thailand and the paperwork problems is all made up to cover it up.

    In any case a country like Thailand needs 100 million doses, not a few thousand as they are supposed to be receiving.

    It is good the Thais are taking this seriously and wearing masks etc, the few crazy farangs who state the virus is a hoax on this blog are very few.

    Thank god most of us are not crazy.

  22. EdwardV

    Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    The PR is horrible. From controlling the outbreak better than just about any country, to botching the vaccine purchase and now this three ring circus. First he was suppose to get the Chinese vaccine (which I fully understand him not wanting to take), to then the night before re-scheduled to get the AZ instead. The reason was a previously unknown lack of data for those over 60. Now another previous unknown lack of paperwork for AZ. I sure hope the public vaccination roll out goes better.

  23. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Agreed, Ed V, appallingly badly handled PR.

    Assuming previous widespread reports which mentioned it in passing are correct. the “paperwork” wasn’t “approved”, because the AZ approval specifies the point of origin / manufacture and so far that hasn’t included S Korea.

    If correct (IF), all perfectly legitimate and understandable, but unbelievably badly handled PR – way beyond “horrible”.

  24. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12:43 am

    “Singapore is wondering why China made a shipment to Singapore before a aprival and also wothout suffient datas for a apply”

    What absolute rubbish, Stardust. Sinovac made the shipment because that was what was agreed under the advance purchase agreement with Singapore, announced publicly and confirmed by the Singapore government over two months ago.

  25. London Al

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 3:19 am

    Sinovac has an age limit of 60???? Now we’ve reached even higher levels of absurdity, firstly the vaccine surely doesn’t recognise something as specific as an exact age limit, and secondly the over 60s are the very people who need a vaccine most, common sense tells me it works perfectly well on everyone and this is more scientific backside covering.

  26. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:22 am

    No, London AI, age limits are perfectly normal unless covered in Ph3 trials – that’s why AZ, Pfizer, Moderna and nearly all others so far have a lower age limit of 18 (some 16) until the Ph3 trials are complete for those age groups, and some still have upper age limits in some countries (AZ in Poland, amongst others, for example).

    Sinovac’s Ph3 trials on over 60’s were made in Brazil and Chile, IIRC, but the numbers were limited (600 in each IIRC) so accepted by some countries but not others. Some see 600 as only Ph2, others are happy to see them as Ph3, others are happy to include Ph3 as part of Ph4.

    It’s up to each country, even within the EU where some have set different rules – some easier, some stricter.

    Sinovac’s Ph3 trials for over 60’s were

  27. Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:47 am

    The picture above shows PM Prayut Dictator number one, watching a plane load of Chinese tourists flying over Bangkok to friendlier destinations.

  28. Issan John

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Incongruous, at best, naming anyone “… number one” as this was a well known Khmer Rouge term.

  29. Stardust

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    @ issan john your garbage again!As usual you are spreading fake news and liar as usual. Singapore made the roll out of moderna and pfizer since february 15th. There is no approval or roll out from Sinovac! Thaiger should notice that you are a fake news spreader and spreading cccp propaganda. By the way Thaiger is a Singapore company and our office is also in Singapore. We well notice you permanent fake news spreading here in this comments! Mr 50 cents keyboard army!

  30. Daniel Verex

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Perhaps the Thai’s are in consultation with the confused leaders of Europe. Macron and Merkel….

    There are plenty of people around the world that would be grateful for any vaccine… I hope no vaccine goes to waste….

  31. London Al

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    John I realise they haven’t trialled fully with the over 60s and I understand why they would be more cautious with the very young, what I was trying to do is point out the absurdity of it all, it’s ridiculous to allow a 59 year old to have the vaccine but not a 60 year old, let’s see what happens in the trials, I’d put my house on it being just as effective for older people.

  32. Yan

    Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    This is the purest bullshit…again…Prayut just doesn’t want to take the Chinese worthless vaccine….And the fake news goes on…

  33. Anh Lam

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:54 am

    So BP did a big Photo Shoot with PM Pyut Baby face crying “Mommy” when he got his shot? You tell us was it actually the vaccine or just a plazibo?
    BP or any other ew coverage is responsible to report facts not fiction. People deciving people.

  34. S2K

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    @Glenn none of the vaccines alter your DNA…
    You do know that you can be arrested in Thailand, for posting false information about the vaccines, right?

  35. S2K

    Monday, March 1, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    @Anh Lam, this is not BP. This is TheThaiger.

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