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Hospitals ‘should be allowed to import jabs’

Hospitals ‘should be allowed to import jabs’

BANGKOK: A doctor who lost his parents and sister to the coronavirus is urging the government to allow private parties, such as the Private Hospital Association, to directly import vaccines from manufacturers.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 14 August 2021, 04:00PM

Photo: Bangkok Post

Photo: Bangkok Post

Sitthiphong Lapanich, the doctor, said his sister Saranya Lapanich, a physician at Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, died of COVID-19 despite already receiving two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

His parents also died of COVID-19, he said in a Facebook post.

He said he was unsure why only some state agencies were authorised to handle vaccine imports, noting other parties should be granted the same authority.

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be the standard vaccine provided to Thais, especially since only about 25% of the population has been inoculated, he said.

Dr Sitthiphong believes companies and private hospitals are ready to import the vaccine if they are permitted to do so.

However, if the government didn’t trust a particular private company to import coronavirus vaccines, it should authorise the Private Hospital Association to do it, Dr Sitthiphong said.

On Wednesday, Dr Anutra Chittinandana, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand, announced the death of Saranya on his Facebook page.

Saranya, also known as Dr Am, was a strong woman and well-liked by colleagues, he said.

Royally sponsored funeral rites for the dead doctor began yesterday and will last until tomorrow, while a royally sponsored cremation ceremony is scheduled to take place on Monday.

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CaptainJack69 | 15 August 2021 - 12:32:36

There's no reason not to allow private vaccinations that doesn't boil down to arrogance by the gov. They'll lose face if people start getting jabbed privately. Like they're admitting they're not up to the job themselves. As if people can't already see how inept they are. Everyone's known from day 1 that Sinovac is snake water and they're not importing enough doses a...

Kurt | 15 August 2021 - 12:19:00

Have been several times to Phuket International- and Bangkok International hospitals. Asked for vaccination.  Always same reply: "Sorry Sir, Thai government ( Anutin?) not allows us to buy vaccines, it must all remain in government hands". Why is that? For what? We experienced this government is not the strongest body in ordering/distributing vaccines. It is late/slow in everything. 

Xi_Virus | 14 August 2021 - 17:05:10

SORRY for your lost ... but NO SORRY can't do it.
Xhan-ZERO-xha has secret agreement with Xi CCP to do his best preventing QUALITY vaccines to enter country so that XinoGARBAGE can sell .. otherwise NO Xino TOLLIST and that's not good for some people!


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