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Municipality keen to buy COVID vaccines with its own money

Municipality keen to buy COVID vaccines with its own money

THAILAND: The Nakhon Khon Kaen Municipality is considering buying COVID-19 vaccines for its population of 110,000 using its own reserve fund, but first needs approval from the government, Mayor Teerasak Theekhayuphan said yesterday (Jan 11).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 12 January 2021, 09:08AM


A screenshot from a video shows people lining up for COVID-19 screening before entering a market in Khon Kaen province yesterday (Jan 11). Video: Chakrapan Natanri.

A screenshot from a video shows people lining up for COVID-19 screening before entering a market in Khon Kaen province yesterday (Jan 11). Video: Chakrapan Natanri.

Mr Teerasak said administrators and council members floated the idea to save the government’s central budget, after the government said it was in a position to buy vaccines for only about 30 million people, just under half of the population.

The idea had been discussed between local administrations throughout the country as the COVID-19 situation was getting more serious every day, he said. Quick action was needed to control the pandemic.

The Nakhon Khon Kaen Municipality totally supported this idea. It had about 110,000 people under its jurisdiction and all of them should be inoculated, based on the names shown in the domicile registration, Mr Teerasak said.

The mayor said the municipality was only waiting for a clear policy and regulations regarding the acquisition of the vaccines from the central administration, including the Interior and Public Health ministries.

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Once the regulations were in place, the council would convene and seek approval to buy vaccines using the municipality’s financial reserve.

Mr Teerasak estimated the total cost would be in the range B100-150 million. The municipality had enough money in its reserve, he said.

After the vaccines had been acquired, the municipality’s medical office would look into the details of distribution.

Mr Teerasak said if the government put in place a clear policy on this matter, he believed all local administrations would be ready to comply with it.

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Kurt | 12 January 2021 - 14:17:47

Wow, very rich Khon Kaen Municipality. I am sure Officialdom there takes very well care of unemployed/poor Thai. Everyone there has daily food on the table for sure. Not just goodie bags in return for thai wai on the knees. How much money 'in reserve' in Phuket money coffers? Just a question.

 

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