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Government plans AstraZeneca jab rollout

Government plans AstraZeneca jab rollout

THAILAND: After much anticipation and delay, Thai authorities have announced they are planning to roll out AstraZeneca jabs on Thursday (Mar 11) with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the first recipient.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 March 2021, 08:55AM


The AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered in Thailand from Thursday onwards. Photo: AFP.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered in Thailand from Thursday onwards. Photo: AFP.

Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, told the media yesterday that the Department of Medical Sciences will soon complete the mandatory quality check on 117,000 doses sent to Thailand late last month.

“[The rollout of] AstraZeneca vaccines in Thailand wikll take place on March 11 at the earliest with the PM to be the first to receive the vaccine,” Mr Anutin said.

Initially, the rollout was set for Feb 28, but it was pushed back pending the mandatory quality check on the shipment of vaccines.

Mr Anutin said senior cabinet members, including Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, acting education minister, and Don Pramudwinai, foreign affairs minister, wanted to obtain COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

Senior citizens aged 60 and over would be prioritised to receive the jabs, while younger people would be given China’s Sinovac vaccine, according to the authorities.

Mr Anutin said the Beijing-based manufacturer is considering making Thailand a regional vaccination centre for Chinese citizens living in Asean.

He said the country has asked his ministry to help provide vaccines to 200,000 Chinese citizens living in the kingdom. Beijing will provide the vaccines for free, Mr Anutin added.

In another development, officials have met to discuss the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 passport proposal.

They focused on the criteria needed to obtain a vaccine passport, according to Dr Apisamai Srirangson, assistant spokeswoman to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration.

“The Public Health Ministry insisted that the use of the vaccine passports must wait for standards to be set by the WHO,” she said.

She said the ministry would only issue a certificate to those who have received two jabs. Those certificates, she said, are approved by the WHO.

An immunised person could use the certificate to acquire a vaccine passport, she said.

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Kurt | 11 March 2021 - 11:15:03

International Vaccinating experiences show that China's Sinovac is not advisable for older people. Chance on many side effects like nose bleeding, vomiting, high fever, skin rashes, diarrhea. And perhaps more what later in life occurs. Prayut and comrades didn't wait for nothing for AstraZeneca.

Fascinated | 09 March 2021 - 11:12:49

Ahh- another hub. Anutin continues to cozy up theo Big Brother in China. 'Everyone must have a jab before they come here, other than the Chinese in ASEAN who can come here for a jab'. Classic.

Kurt | 09 March 2021 - 10:47:50

Why we read ( again) Thai 'waiting nonsense', now  about a vaccine passport? There is a international Vaccine book, already more than 50 years! Yellow Fever, Cholera, Hepatitis A,B,C , DTP ( diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio),  and much space available for 2 Covid-19 vaccinations. When Thai FDA comes with green light for many vaccines the whole USA will be already vaccinated. 

Svcoquette | 09 March 2021 - 09:49:59

Will foreign tourists over 60 be eligible for the vaccine?

 

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