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Approval for 12mn additional Sinovac doses

BANGKOK: The Cabinet has approved B4.25 billion to procure 12 million more Sinovac vaccine doses to support its mix-and-match vaccination plan.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 8 September 2021, 10:12AM


A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a woman at Central Plaza Westgate Hall, Bangkok yesterday (Sept 7). Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a woman at Central Plaza Westgate Hall, Bangkok yesterday (Sept 7). Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said yesterday (Sept 7) the Cabinet approved a budget of B4.25bn to purchase another 12mn doses of the Sinovac vaccine to build up immunity in people in three main target groups.

They comprise people with underlying health conditions putting them at risk; people aged 60 years and over; officials whose duties involve COVID-19 control, such as officials at disease control checkpoints and quarantine facilities, soldiers, police and garbage collectors. Any remaining vaccines will go to the general public.

Mr Thanakorn said the purchase of the additional 12mn doses of the Sinovac vaccine was in line with the vaccine procurement plan. The vaccine could be delivered this month or in October, and it would also support the mix-and-match vaccination plan, he said. The mixed-dose vaccination uses the Sinovac vaccine as the first jab and AstraZeneca as the second.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will vaccinate obese and chronically ill teenage students against COVID-19.

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Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said students at BMA schools aged 12-18 years who had health conditions would receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer at Navamindradhiraj University in Dusit district, starting from Sept 21.

The 437 schools under the BMA’s jurisdiction had been instructed to register students for vaccination from Sept 6 to 8, the governor said.

Inoculations would be available for students suffering from obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, those with chronic respiratory illnesses including asthma, and other chronic conditions.

The BMA would later provide COVID-19 vaccination for all students aged 12-18, he said.

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JohnC | 09 September 2021 - 09:38:13

Obviously the kickbacks were far too large to let this not be approved. Thailand, how does it feel to have leaders who would rather fatten their own wallets than care for the health and safety of it's citizens?

Christy Sweet | 08 September 2021 - 13:53:57

Not sure how much of an "out of touch yokel" I am but I leapt at the chance to get a dose of CrapOVac because it does reduce risk of serious illness and death and that's better than nothing. Seems not even the m-RNA vax are going to prevent infections in the new variants anyway.

Christy Sweet | 08 September 2021 - 13:14:52

Was reading about a small study of people who had Covid-19, then were later  vaccinated and now appear to produce 'super antigens' that even block the original SARS.

CaptainJack69 | 08 September 2021 - 13:04:45

I guess they didn't get the memo? Sino-water is useless. Oh well, at least this placates our Chinese masters. And it only cost us 3 times the total revenue from the Sandbox scheme. :)

They're going to have a hard time finding people willing to accept it. Even the most out of touch yokels now think it's better to hold out for a more effective brand.

Kurt | 08 September 2021 - 11:19:55

The Cabinet react fast on the crocodile tears crying Chinese officials about unfairness in thinking of chinese vaccines. By buying another 12 mn  doses sinovac Thailand shows/proves her loyalty to Beiing. Happy days to come for the Covid-19 variant 'Delta' and coming variant 'Um'. Where is now the believed 'Herd Immunity' on Phuket, the best vaccinated province of Thailand?

 

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