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Government forms committee for vaccine rollout

Government forms committee for vaccine rollout

THAILAND: The National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) yesterday (Jan 11) formed a sub-committee and tasked it with overseeing the rollout of the government’s free COVID-19 vaccinations.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 08:50AM


A nurse at Thammasat University’s field hospital walks out of a ward where the first COVID-19 patient was admitted after the facility started operations yesterday (Jan 11). The field hospital has begun receiving COVID-19 patients from various hospitals in Pathum Thani. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

A nurse at Thammasat University’s field hospital walks out of a ward where the first COVID-19 patient was admitted after the facility started operations yesterday (Jan 11). The field hospital has begun receiving COVID-19 patients from various hospitals in Pathum Thani. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill.

Dr Opas Kankawinpong, chief of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said the sub-committee would be chaired by Dr Sophon Mekthon, an adviser to the public health minister and chairman of the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation.

It will have responsibility for several key decisions, including managing the vaccinations, prioritising the order in which different groups receive their jabs and monitoring the progress of the programme.

The NCDC has also approved switching the method of conducting COVID tests from a throat swab to saliva examination – this is cheaper to administer and has been shown to be more than 90% accurate, said Dr Opas.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC), meanwhile, yesterday gave its blessing to privately owned hospitals who want to provide COVID-19 vaccinations outside the government’s “free for all Thais” programme.

“The situation with the pandemic is changing fast,” Dr Opas said.

“We are going to see more pharmaceutical companies requesting Thai Food and Drug Administration approval and that means private hospitals will be able to provide COVID-19 vaccines.”

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Last month, the Public Health Ministry ordered a private hospital to remove an advertisement offering to sell Moderna’s vaccine for B10,000 per patient.

The ministry said it could not allow the advertisement because the vaccine in question had yet to be approved by the FDA. Dr Opas said yesterday the DDC could still only approve private sales of the Moderna vaccine once it has been approved by the FDA.

He said pharmaceutical companies had already started rolling out their vaccines and the price would become more and more competitive as supply outpaces demand.

In Thailand, the only pending COVID-19 vaccination is the one offered for free by the state – it is due to be launched next month and run until the end of this year.

Two competing vaccines have been confirmed for use in the state programme: about 60 million doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca formula and two million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinovac.

The government has prioritised frontline medical staff, volunteers and high-risk groups to get the first two million jabs next month.

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Pascale | 15 January 2021 - 13:04:42

@ PN     Really ?
@Kurt    Obviously you did not read enough other media outlets ! 

Kurt | 15 January 2021 - 09:34:57

Pascal should stop spraying nonsense just for the sake of trying to put one denigrating down. I read other media outlets, sometimes even integrate that partial in my comments here. like from BP, which I than put between brackets. Pascale, as eating articles literarily let for letter, knows that.

Pascale | 14 January 2021 - 14:51:40

Kurt,the same time I was writing about allowance without quarantine you still kept insisting that it was not true.You should just accept that I  was far more better informed than you. Maybe going through other media outlets sometimes would help you being more up to date.But I guess that would be to much to ask for.

Kurt | 14 January 2021 - 09:30:53

@Pascale. Original order Governor Phuket on 9 Jan was: "All red zone arrivals must Quarantine on arrival Phuket". ( it was not 'according' me) Days later that order was adjusted. Ooh, Covid already here since Jan 2020? Ok, I give you that extra month, hehehe. Happy now?

Pascale | 13 January 2021 - 17:59:20

@Kurt   Covid19 in Thailand since February 2020 ?  If you can't even give the correct date , you should not comment at all. The first known cases in Thailand date back to January 2020. But what is one month for someone who usually knows everything better. Same like saying arrivals from Bangkok ASQ hotels  need to go to quarantine again on arrival on Phuket ,according to you !!

Kurt | 13 January 2021 - 12:44:25

What for needs NCDC committee a sub committee? What is it that NCDC can not handle herself  as we have Covid-19 in Thailand since February 2020?  In Thailand, any 'sub Committee' only slows down processes. The last thing Covid-Thailand needs now.

 

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