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PM says sorry for hold-ups in jabs rollout

THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted yesterday (June 8) there had been some delays in the government’s mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign that launched on Monday but promised this would improve as more supplies were received.

By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 9 June 2021, 08:12AM

COVID-19 vaccination in Romklao district of Bangkok yesterday (June 8). Photo: Apichit Jinakul.

COVID-19 vaccination in Romklao district of Bangkok yesterday (June 8). Photo: Apichit Jinakul.

“I must apologise to anyone who experienced inconvenience,” he said after the cabinet meeting at Government House.

The PM said there were limitations in the distribution of vaccines because the government was receiving deliveries in gradual lots, not all at one time.

“The government will try to acquire as many more vaccines as possible and not just wait for contracted vaccines,” said Gen Prayut. “I believe that more vaccine doses will be delivered next month and services at inoculation stations in the provinces will be more conveniently managed.

“We do not want people who registered for vaccinations to suffer further delays.”

When available, vaccine distribution would focused on infected people, at-risk workers plus tourist and key economic areas, he said.

The prime minister said the government aimed to eventually administer at least 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Thai people.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

It had signed contracts to buy 61mn doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by Siam Bioscience and six million doses from Sinovac.

The government would also order eight million more doses from Sinovac, 25 million from Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, and hoped to negotiate for extra supplies.

In addition, the government would start receiving a vaccine developed in Thailand, he said.

Mass vaccinations started on Monday, with more than 400,000 doses administered. The total number of vaccine recipients in the country now exceeded 4mn, Gen Prayut said.

One million more doses of Sinovac vaccine will arrive in Thailand tomorrow, said permanent secretary of public health, Kiattiphum Wongrajit and on June 14, some supplies from AstraZeneca would also boost supplies. As of yesterday, 750,000 doses of Sinovac had been allocated across the country.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said vaccines had been allocated to all provinces and it was up to officials to distribute them widely.

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Foot | 09 June 2021 - 15:02:45

"So sorry."  Very good to hear. I suspect he didn't have to say that to his military supporters and the monarchy. Also good to know that like he, they all probably weren't given the Sinovac stuff.  Also good to hear that being in quarantine doesn't ensure you still won't get COVID. If only we had someone in charge.


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