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Prayut to get jab Sunday, Anutin to follow

Prayut to get jab Sunday, Anutin to follow

THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will get the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca on Sunday (Feb 28) while Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul will receive the vaccine from Sinovac.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 26 February 2021, 09:57AM

Quick shot in the arm: Nurses rehearse the COVID-19 vaccine administration process at Bang Khunthian Hospital for the Elderly before the inoculation programme kicks off nationwide on Monday. Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

Quick shot in the arm: Nurses rehearse the COVID-19 vaccine administration process at Bang Khunthian Hospital for the Elderly before the inoculation programme kicks off nationwide on Monday. Photo: Apichart Jinakul.

Dr Sopon Mekthon, chairman of the government’s sub-committee on COVID-19 vaccine management, said Gen Prayut and Mr Anutin were scheduled to be vaccinated at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute on Sunday. This follows the Department of Medical Sciences approving the release of the jabs and efficacy certificates for the vaccines from the companies, Dr Sopon said. Vaccination for priority groups in targeted provinces will start on Monday with details to be provided by the Department of Disease Control, he said.

Sources said doctors recommended that Gen Prayut be inoculated with the viral vector vaccine from AstraZeneca, while Mr Anutin and Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha would receive vaccines from Sinovac.

Mr Anutin yesterday told village health volunteers nationwide via teleconference that the arrival of 317,600 doses of vaccines from the two companies on Wednesday bodes well for Thailand’s success in combating COVID.

“The vaccines are for Thais and those living in the country,” Mr Anutin said, adding the first batch of vaccines are free of charge with the government paying for them and other management costs. “Anyone who charges for the vaccine will face legal action,” the minister said.

He said the 200,000 doses from Sinovac were delivered to Thailand under the terms agreed upon between Thailand and the company, while the delivery of 117,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine was the result of negotiations by National Vaccine Institute director Dr Nakorn Premsri, and permanent secretary for public health Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit.

The shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine came as a surprise since there had been no mention before of that make being imported. The delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine was a back-up plan in case the other company failed to come through, Mr Anutin said. Another 800,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine will arrive from China next month and 1 million more in April, he said.

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The balance of vaccines for Thais in 2021 will be AstraZeneca’s, made locally by Siam Bioscience, with 26 million doses to be available from May to June and a further 35 million doses afterwards, he said.

Dr Nakorn said yesterday the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine was ahead of schedule because the Public Health Ministry and the company shared a common goal of containing the second wave of the outbreak so Thailand would recover quickly from the crisis. The cooperation from AstraZeneca allowed Thailand quicker access to vaccines than the original schedule and the vaccines which were shipped to Thailand came from the company’s global production line, and in line with its commitment to ensuring wide and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines, Dr Nakorn said.

“The AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in Thailand must receive a lot release certificate from the Department of Medical Sciences before distribution to priority groups designated by the Department of Disease Control,” Dr Nakorn said.

He also said the AstraZeneca vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive the Food and Drug Administration’s conditional approval for emergency use on Jan 20. On Feb 15, the World Health Organisation also listed AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, enabling global access to the vaccine, Dr Nakorn added.

Thares Karasnairaviwong, director-general of the Department of Health Service Support, said more than 1.5 million village health volunteers were instructed to educate people about the COVID-19 vaccination. They were also told to find out the number of people in the priority groups which will get the vaccines and send the information to provincial communicable disease committees to work on the distribution of vaccines, Dr Thares said.

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Capt B | 28 February 2021 - 19:48:54

Good to know that the Honorable Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha  has opted to not take the vaccine manufactured the the developer's nation of  the Communist Chinese Bio-Weapon.  Good to know he is not stupid.  A little bit more social distancing should be practiced @ these 1st jab press events.  A partially effective face-mask is no guarantee of not catching the strategically designed bio-wea...

DeKaaskopp | 28 February 2021 - 15:34:41

And btw. Kurt,if you had read the BP more carefully you would know that Mr. Anutin got his vaccine early this morning. Just saying.

DeKaaskopp | 28 February 2021 - 15:27:02

"Confirming no wonder about many not working things in Thailand"  Kurt,look on the bright side of it.  Those many not working things keeping you busy at least. 

Kurt | 28 February 2021 - 09:57:19

Just red in BP that vaccinations of Prayut and Anutin are cancelled. Even that simple happening the top people who suppose to run Thailand can not handle. No feeling for structural planning and handling personal matters either, with all their staff and satellites around them. Confirming no wonder about many not working things in Thailand.

Kurt | 27 February 2021 - 10:19:50

Many medical matters about Covid-19 are not yet known by medical/pharmacy scientists. Much needs time to learn. Like incubation time of vaccines, effects on other body organs, etc. One more year from now we will know more. In the mean time it looks vaccination is the best option to fight Covid-19 pandemic.

Christy Sweet | 26 February 2021 - 12:53:08

Many of those getting vaccinations are not immune from the disease, just the most harmful symptoms. It's the modifications the particle appears to be able to achieve which continues to make it highly transmissible that is the worry.    

Nasa12 | 26 February 2021 - 10:08:29

Now it is the case that in Norway there are many fully vaccinated who have actually get the corona after finished vaccination. Now it is probably the case that Norway is one of the few countries that tells the whole truth.


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