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US commits another 2.5 million Pfizer doses to Thailand

US commits another 2.5 million Pfizer doses to Thailand

BANGKOK: A donation of 1.5 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines by the United States arrived in Thailand yesterday (July 29) while Voice of America (VOA) has reported a US Senator of Thai heritage claims another 2.5 million doses are to be made available to the Kingdom.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Friday 30 July 2021, 10:00AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

US Senator Lt. Col. Ladda Tammy Duckworth reportedly indicated the US has prepared another 2.5 million doses of Pfizer brand vaccine for Thailand after dispatching an initial donation of 1.5 million doses.

The senator remarked that the provision was in light of the US’s acknowledgement that the COVID-19 pandemic is borderless and that a public health crisis in one region would inevitably expand to others.

The committee administrating COVID-19 vaccinations in Thailand has resolved to distribute the first donation from the US among three target groups. Firstly, the jabs are to be administered as booster doses for 700,000 frontline medical workers. Another 645,000 doses will be provided to the elderly, sufferers of seven chronic illnesses and women over 12 weeks pregnant. A third targeted group has been earmarked to receive 150,000 doses and comprises elderly foreigners and chronically ill residents of the Kingdom, as well as those needing clearance for international travel such as diplomats and students.

Five thousand of the shots are to be set aside for research dependent on the Department of Disease Control, and 40,000 doses have been reserved for rapid response in the event of an epidemic of a variant of the virus.

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The Ministry of Public Health has debunked claims that only 200,000 doses of the consignment are to be provided to medical workers.

Meanwhile the United Kingdom will deliver 415,040 donated doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Thailand next month, the British embassy said on its Twitter account yesterday.

Switzerland has also provided medical equipment to Thailand, including over 100 respiratory aid machines and over 1 million Rapid Antigen Test kits worth a combined B300 million. \

The donation of medical equipment arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday and was received by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Chanvirakul and Deputy Spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office Rachada Thanadirek.

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McLart3 | 31 July 2021 - 10:49:53

Thailands Plan has always been to buy Sinovac and AZ, because High So Thais have big interests in their profits. Thais could have bought high quality long ago. 

Kurt | 31 July 2021 - 08:19:37

Thailand needs at least 140 million vaccines for whole population, including foreign Retirees! Due to weak performance Chinese vaccines what makes a 3rd jab needed, can put the number of vaccines needed pretty sure on 200 million. Until now just 5% of the whole population is vaccinated. It is clear that there will be no light in Thai vaccination tunnel before end 2022. 

Kurt | 31 July 2021 - 00:30:52

The vaccine donations for Thailand from Japan, Europe and USA, are they 'gifts', free of charge, or is Thailand paying for it? Thailand were some richest people of the world live. Red Bull family is, after the 'unspeakeble', the 2nd richest family in Thailand. Are they caring about the many poor Thai brothers and sisters with vaccine donations? And so are there more enormous rich T...

charles | 30 July 2021 - 21:41:34

Still the US is unwilling to vaccinate its citizens in Thailand & I'm pretty sure those shots will end up in the governments arms before anyone else    

Xi_Virus | 30 July 2021 - 13:07:32

Hold on a tick ... do you mean US and EU countries are donating HIGH Quality Vaccines while Xihina is selling GARBAGE XinoCRAP that is Totally USELESS?!?

Let's see what TheTraxhKraxh and Xi_gogo have to say?


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